Yury Saprykin is a journalist, columnist and specialist in cultural studies, founder and editor-in-chief of Polka, an online educational project focusing on classic Russian literature https://polka.academy/.

Yury is a former Editor-in-Chief of Afisha magazine, the leading Russian publication on modern culture, he is a co-founder of Afisha Picnic summer festival. He worked as an editorial director for the Rambler Afisha media company, the Slon.ru (now Republic) online magazine and The Moscow Times, the oldest English-language newspaper in Russia. In addition, he has written courses on Russian culture for the Open University, Strelka Institute and the InLiberty educational project. He is the author of the popular column On the Spirit of Time for Afisha magazine, which were collated in the book The Observing Points (2016).