Ilya Matveev is a political scientist. He is an associate professor at the North-West Institute of Management RANEPA (St Petersburg, Russia) and a member of the Public Sociology Laboratory, Center for Independent Social Research (Russia). He defended his dissertation at the Moscow State University in 2013, as well as studied at the European University in St Petersburg and UC Berkeley (USA). His research focuses on Russian politics and political economy: state-business relations, the welfare state, inequality, and ideological conflicts. His articles have been published in Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya, South Atlantic Quarterly, Oxford Handbook of Economic Imperialism, and others. He writes for the popular media and hosts a podcast (with Ilya Budraitskis) called The Political Diary. The podcast covers Russian and world politics, economy, and culture from a leftist perspective.