Sébastien Vannier

Sébastien Vannier is Beyond 91’s project director and president of the Babel Germany association. He is based in Berlin and works as a correspondent for French media.

Why did you want to be a part of Beyond 91?

I wanted to give a voice to young Europeans from countries we rarely hear about. To discover what daily life looks like in societies where the “European identity” is seen from another perspective. To have the chance to work with talented authors, photographers and engaged partners in a time where the media is under pressure.

What does “Perestroika” mean to you?

It…


Birgit Püve of Beyond 91’s Team Belarus

Photographer and photo artist Birgit Püve (38) hails from Elva, a little town in Southern Estonia, but lives in Tallin. She studied social sciences and worked as a photo editor for an Estonian newspaper before starting as a freelance photographer. Together with Belarusian journalist Katerina Barushka she forms Beyond 91’s Team Belarus. The two are reporting on being transgender in a country where standards of democracy are consistently degraded by an authoritarian regime.

Read more about Birgit’s memories of Perestroika and why she wanted to become part of Beyond 91.

Which subjects and issues are you the most interested in?


Katerina Barushka of Beyond 91’s Team Belarus

Journalist and filmmaker Katerina Barushka (31) hails from Minsk, Belarus. Together with Estonian photographer Birgit Püve she forms Beyond 91’s Team Belarus. The two are reporting on being transgender in a country where standards of democracy are consistently degraded by an authoritarian regime.

Read more about Katerina’s aspirations as a child growing up in Soviet Belarus and the stamp of “post-Sovietness” she feels.

Which subjects and issues are you most interested in?

I am interested in the issue of identity, societies in transition, gender equality and equality in general; the problem of domination, why people try to dominate and put…


Behind the scenes in Chisinau

Moldovan journalist Lina Vdovĭi went to Moldova’s capital Chisinau with Lithuanian photojournalist Arturas Morozovas. There they met with unionists for their story about the clashes between different political groups. Not all went as planned, as Lina recounts in this little story about the trip.

When me and my colleague Arturas went to Moldova — I live in Bucharest, Romania, at the moment — we had only a few interviews planned and all of them were with unionists: people who believe in the unification of Romania and Moldova.

We first met on a sunny Monday at 11 A.M., in the center…


Arturas Morozovas of Beyond 91’s Team Moldova

Lithuanian photojournalist Arturas Morozovas was born in Lithuania’s second biggest city Kaunas in 1984. Together with Moldovan journalist Lina Vdovĭi he forms Beyond 91’s Team Moldova. The two are reporting on the clashes between different political groups in Moldova — among them unionists — and the destabilization these clashes produce in a country struggling to find its identity and caught in an unprecedented political, social and economic crisis.

Read more about what Arturas remembers of Lithuania’s independence day in 1990.

Which subjects and issues are you the most interested in?

As I am a documentary photographer, I take great interest…


Lina Vdovĭi of Beyond 91’s Team Moldova

Freelance journalist Lina Vdovĭi (28) originally hails from Chisinau, Moldova. She’s now based in Bucharest, Romania. Together with Lithuanian photojournalist Arturas Morozovas she forms Beyond 91’s Team Moldova. The two are reporting on the clashes between different political groups in Moldova — among them unionists — and the destabilization these clashes produce in a country struggling to find its identity and caught in an unprecedented political, social and economic crisis.

Read more about why Lina gets nostalgic sometimes and how post-Soviet life felt and feels like in Moldova.

Which subjects and issues are you most interested in?

I usually work…


Behind the scenes in Estonia

Estonian journalist and filmmaker Liisi Mölder and Russian photographer Oksana Yushko are reporting on the community of ethnic Russians living in Estonia. Read the story Liisi had to tell all the people the two women met for their project.

I have been studying Russian since I was 12. When I first started the classes in 6th grade, I was surprised what a nice language it is. But then my motivation was brutally killed by my teacher who had a teaching method of… well, learning everything by heart. Without any practice. This was how I studied Russian for six years.

My…


Oksana Yushko of Beyond 91’s Team Estonia ©Oksana Yushko

Russian photographer and visual artist Oksana Yushko was born in Ukraine and is now based in Moscow, Russia. Together with Estonian journalist and filmmaker Liisi Mölder she forms Beyond 91’s Team Estonia. The two are reporting on the community of ethnic Russians living in Estonia. This community is very little integrated into the Estonian-speaking society. The two groups live quite separately in different worlds. They have separate areas where they live, separate schools and even separate shops that are considered more Russian or more Estonian. But what connects these two worlds?

Read more about which topics Oksana is the most…


Liisi Mölder of Beyond 91’s Team Estonia ©Fabian Weiss

Journalist and filmmaker Liisi Mölder (26) was born in Estonia and is now living in its capital, Tallin. Together with Russian photographer Oksana Yushko she forms Beyond 91’s Team Estonia. The two are reporting on the community of ethnic Russians living in Estonia. This community is very little integrated into the Estonian-speaking society. The two groups live quite separately in different worlds. They have separate areas where they live, separate schools and even separate shops that are considered more Russian or more Estonian. But what connects these two worlds?

Read more about what Liisi’s parents told her about Perestroika and…


The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in Moscow ©Arthur Bondar

For their report, Russian journalist Alexandra Odynova and Ukrainian photographer Arthur Bondar went to the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in Moscow — opened in 2008, the museum has become a place for different generations to meet and play old Soviet games.

Read two stories written by Alexandra about her experience: Why she felt like being in a time machine and how the meeting with a Russian sociologist gave her much food for thought.

Playing video games

Photographer Arthur Bondar and I are working on a story about the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games in Moscow. …

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Exploring Eastern Europe through the eyes of the “Perestroika Generation”. A project by cafebabel.com.

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