Ekaterina Schulmann

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Ekaterina Schulmann
Екатерина Шульман
Schulmann in May 2021
Ekaterina Mikhailovna Zaslavskaya

(1978-08-19) August 19, 1978 (age 45)
EducationGeorge Brown College
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Alma materRussian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Occupation(s)Political scientist, opinion journalist, blogger, radio host
YouTube information
Subscribers1.13 million[1]
Total views175 million[1]
100,000 subscribers
1,000,000 subscribers2022

Last updated: 10 Aug 2023

Ekaterina Mikhailovna Schulmann[a] (Russian: Екатерина Михайловна Шульман, Yekaterina Mikhaylovna Shulman; née Zaslavskaya (Заславская); born 19 August 1978) is a Russian political scientist specializing in legislative processes. Schulmann is an associate professor of the RANEPA, an associate professor of the Moscow School for the Social and Economic Sciences, and an associate fellow of Chatham House.

She works as a lecturer and columnist, gives expert commentary to the media, and hosts her own political radio talk show. As of August 2022, her YouTube channel has one million subscribers.


Education and career[edit]

Schulmann was born in Tula to Michael and Olga Zaslavsky. Her maternal grandparents both were professors at the Tula State Pedagogical University [ru]. Michael Zaslavsky had a Ph.D. in Engineering and worked as provost at the Tula Institute of Economics and Informatics.[2][3] Professor Olga Zaslavsky is Head of the Department of Theoretical and Practical Pedagogics at the TSPU.[4]

In 1995, Schulmann graduated with honors from public school №73 and went to Canada, where in 1996 she graduated from George Brown College in Toronto.[3] In 1999 she moved to Moscow, where In March–September 1999 she was a senior editor at Russian News and Information Agency Novosti.[5][6] Later in 1999, she started working at the State Duma, staying there in various posts (deputy’s assistant, political faction analyst and expert in the analytical department) until 2011.[7][5]

In 2001-2005, she studied political science at the RANEPA (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration).[8]

In 2006-11, Schulmann was Director of legislative research at The PBN Company, a consulting firm.[5]

In 2013, she obtained a Candidate of Sciences degree in political science at RANEPA[9] and was hired by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Her research interests include the legislative process in modern Russia, parliamentarism and decision-making mechanisms in hybrid political regimes.[10] From 2013 until its closure Schulmann was a lecturer in the Moscow School of Civic Education.[5]

In 2013, she became an associate professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.[11]

In 2018, she was elected a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.[5][12][13][11] On 21 October 2019, she was dismissed from the Council.[14]

In 2019, she was promoted to Director of RANEPA's Center for Legislative Studies and started working as associate professor at MSSES.[5]

Since January 2023, Ekaterina Shulman has become a professor at Kazakh University KAZGUU named after M.Narikbayev, she will teach political science at the university.[15]

Media projects[edit]

Since 2013, Schulmann has written as a columnist or a commentator for Vedomosti, The New Times, Colta.ru, Grani.ru [ru].[16][17]

In 2016, she launched her Youtube channel, dedicated to lawmaking and politics.[18] Soon she accumulated a wide audience of all ages, including teenagers. Memes and citations with Schulmann became viral in RuNet, TikTok, etc.[19]

In 2017, she started her own show ‘Status’ on Echo of Moscow radio station. The show broadcasts every Tuesday at 9 PM, covering actual legal and political topics in Russia and includes educational material.[5][3]

Political views and activities[edit]

As a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Schulmann contributed to the protection of the people accused under the Moscow Case (2019) [ru] after 2019 Moscow protests. She publicly opposed their charges under civil disorder article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code, visited the arrested in detention centers and helped with legal defense in court.[20]

When MSSES rector Sergey Zuev was arrested in October 2021, Schulmann publicly spoke out in his defense, signed a collective letter in his support[21][22][23] and waited in front of the courthouse during sessions to show her support along with other Zuev's friends and colleagues.[24]

On January 31, 2021, Schulmann's husband was detained during a protest rally in support of Alexey Navalny in Moscow.[25]

On 12 April 2022, Schulmann announced that she was offered a fellowship by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and left Russia for Germany to work as an associate professor, stating that she was not moving indefinitely.[22][26]

On 15 April 2022, the Russian justice ministry included her in the "foreign agents" list.[26][27] As explained by Ekaterina, it means she cannot return to Russia because for a designated foreign agent, any public appearances and teaching are practically impossible.[28]


She is married to Mikhail Schulmann, an expert on Vladimir Nabokov and a literary critic, whom she met on the Internet via LiveJournal.ru. The Schulmanns have three children (two daughters and a son) together.[29]


According to Levada Center 2020 research, Schulmann was one of the most inspiring Russians to respondents between 40 and 55 years.[30] Glamour magazine named her Woman of the Year in 2020.[31] On April 13, 2021, she was awarded with a medal ‘For Developing State of Law’ by the Federal Chamber of Lawyers’.[32]

Russian journalist Vladimir Guriev once jokingly said that he hoped Schulmann would be Russia's next president.[33] Though Ekaterina herself refuses to have any ambition in that sphere, the slogan ‘Schulmann to presidency’ became popular on the Russian-speaking Internet.[34][35]

In 2021, Oxxxymiron mentioned her in his rap song ("No milf is sexier than Ekaterina Schulmann"), which was widely discussed online. Schulmann herself declined to comment it.[36][37]



  • Законотворчество как политический процесс (Legislation as a political process, 2014)[17]
  • Практическая политология: пособие по контакту с реальностью (Practical political science: A textbook on a contact with reality, 2015)[10]
  • Возвращение государства. Россия в нулевые 2000-2012 (Return of the state. Russia in 2000-2012, 2023)

Research articles[edit]

In English
  • Schulmann, Ekaterina (2015-07-04). "Duma-2014 Report". Russian Politics & Law. 53 (4): 57–65. doi:10.1080/10611940.2016.1142334. ISSN 1061-1940. S2CID 148433319.
  • Schulmann, Ekaterina (2018). "The Russian political system in transition: Scenarios for power transfer". NUPI Working Paper. Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (883): 20. hdl:11250/2578621.
  • Noble, Ben; Schulmann, Ekaterina (2018). "Not Just a Rubber Stamp: Parliament and Lawmaking". The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia. Brookings Institution Press. p. 49. ISBN 9780815732433. JSTOR 10.7864/j.ctt1zkjzsh.6.


  1. ^ Also transliterated as Shulman.


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  19. ^ "Екатерина Шульман: "Знаете за что легко полюбить зумеров? У них нет конфликта с родителями"" [Ekaterina Schulmann: ‘You know, why is it easy to love Zoomers? They have no conflict with parents’] (in Russian). Bazaar. 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
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