Oliver Banatvala is a co-founder and editor of Eastern Spaces. He graduated in 2017 from the University of Leeds with a degree in Russian. His passion for the region has been constantly developing since the age of 13, when he started learning Russian in school. Oliver has travelled to a number of countries in the area, including Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, where he spent a year studying at Moscow State University. He has always enjoyed writing, and has written for newspapers and magazines including The Moscow Times.