Jonathan Campion

I am a writer, translator and analyst based in Norwich, England. Since finishing a degree in Russian in 2007 I have worked and travelled in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. If you know a company or organisation that may be interested in working with me, please feel free to get in touch.

For three years as a market analyst in the wine & spirits industry I travelled to 11 countries – Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – to meet with 80 alcohol companies, and put together analytical reports about consumer trends. I have travelled a lot in these places, and understand their cultures and histories.

Before this I spent eight years as an in-house Russian translator and English-language proofreader: three of them at international law firms in Kiev, Ukraine, then five years at a company in London that organised conferences in Russia and the CIS region, for the oil & gas, medical, pharmaceutical, banking, mining and other industries. Since 2010 I have taken on freelance translation projects on a wide range of subjects: my translations have been published in the Guardian newspaper, and used in British high court cases. In 2019 I translated the novel ‘Skaz stoletnego stepnyaka’ by the Kazakh author Bayangali Alimzhanov.

I write about Russia and elsewhere in Eurasia for Lonely Planet. My writing has been published in three books: ‘The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World’ (2009 – a story about a train journey with a Chechen family), the 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (a report of a cricket tournament in Uzbekistan), and in the Bradt Travel Guides anthology ‘Kidding Around’ (2019 – a story about a trip to Bulgaria with my son). I have also been the features writer for Ukraine International Airlines’ ‘Panorama’ magazine, and written for the IWSR Magazine (wines & spirits), Russia Beyond The Headlines (technology, sport), The Calvert Journal (Eurasian culture, travel) and Open Central Asia (travel and business).

In April 2019 two of my photographs, from Almaty and Tashkent, were displayed at the exhibition ‘Daily Lives in Central Asia’, organised by the European Union’s ‘SEnECA’ project and hosted by the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium. My photography has also been published in the book ‘Remarkable Cricket Grounds’ (2016).

I am reliable and ambitious. I have finished work to difficult deadlines while stuck in a snowdrift in Georgia, during the anti-government protests and revolution in Armenia in 2018, in the Russian Arctic, in Kyrgyz and Azerbaijani warehouses, and on numerous airport floors.