Olga Irisova (1989, Izhevsk, Udmurt republic, Russian Federation) is a media and political analyst, cofounder, and editor-in-chief at Riddle, an online analytical journal of Russian affairs (ridl.io). In 2019 she was a visiting scholar at Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson Center), Washington, D.C., working on a research project “Improving Western Strategy of Combating Disinformation Campaigns: Cognitive Science Instead of Technical Debunking as a Key Solution to the Problem”. Her work focuses mostly on Russian media policy.
From 2015 to 2018, Irisova was a senior editor at Intersection and an analyst at the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding.
Prior to Russia exclusion from the Group of Eight (G8), Irisova worked at Russia’s branch of G8 as a media expert.
Olga Irisova graduated in International Relations from Udmurt State University (2011) and obtained her Master’s degree in journalism from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2013). In addition, she is also an alumna of the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe.
Irisova edited and co-authored the book A Successful Failure: Russia after Crime(a) (2017, Warsaw). Her chapter was devoted to the evolution of Russia’s information policy since 2014.