Edward Lozansky

Born in 1941 in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, then part of the USSR, Edward (“Ed”) Lozansky became a physicist in one of the leading Russian nuclear research center in Moscow. However, being an outspoken critic of the Soviet regime he joined a large group of dissenters which was forced by the government into foreign exile with a formal promise that his wife Tatiana – a daughter of the high ranking Soviet General who helped to crash the 1968 “Prague Spring” – and the couple’s recently born child will follow soon.

In America he gets a job at the “Laser Fusion” lab at the University of Rochester but the promise for the family reunification turned out to be false. Therefore he moves to Washington, DC, and while teaching at the American University, he undertakes many initiatives to force the Soviets to keep their part of the deal. The case receives widespread publicity and support at the highest levels of the U.S. establishment, including the White House and Congress. However, the issue is not resolved for six years and not without a final high drama. In the USSR, in order to claim her right to emigrate, Tatiana goes on an indefinite hunger strike and was close to death when she was miraculously saved by her father who gives up his military career in exchange of the exit visa to his daughter.

Following the collapse of communism and USSR Lozansky shifts the focus of his activity to promoting the idea of U.S. – Russia alliance through the development of political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two superpowers. He founded  several institutions: the Russia House in Washington, DC, home to lively meetings, conferences, debates; the American University in Moscow; the World Russia Forum, which convenes each year in  Congressional buildings and brings a large group of eminent scholars and politicians with the primary purpose of making assessments and proposals on specific aspects of  U.S. – Russia rapprochement. In addition he also became a professor of Moscow State University – a sign of huge changes in Russia which is now allows a free exchange of ideas.

One of his favorite projects is the Internet version of magazine Kontinent. This journal was the leading underground publication which printed the  works of talented Russian and Eastern European authors who were forbidden to do that during communist rule. Lozansky became a journalist himself and his commentaries are now increasingly featured in the  authoritative American and Russian publications.