Our Staff


We’re a small group of Westerners and local writers, living among the little-known peoples of the Caucasus Mountains. What we’ve discovered we’ve come to deeply appreciate: a brave and generous people whose hospitality is beyond compare, a history of blood and beauty, and an intricately organized culture which seeks to hold the momentum of modernity at bay. We write to tell their stories.

Where does the name East of Elbrus come from? Elbrus because Mt. Elbrus towers over the Caucasus region as the highest mountain on the European Continent (5,642 m; 18,510 ft). East of because the majority of ethnic groups native to the region live somewhere between Mt. Elbrus (to the west) and the Caspian Sea (to the east). We also thought it was catchy, just to be honest.

Join the Team!

Have you been captured by the North Caucasus and their unique history, culture and people? Do you have a story to tell? Maybe we could work together. Write us to find out more. 

Our Writers

Corey Shepherd

Together with his family of five, Corey lives and works in Southern Russia among the peoples of the North Caucasus.   When he’s not writing for East of Elbrus, he’s teaching English, competing with his three teenage sons, or drinking tea with North Caucasus friends.

Isak B.

Isak B. is a student of folklore, and frequently writes about his homeland of Dagestan. He loves to organize hiking trips in the mountains of Dagestan with anyone who is looking for an adventure.

Marziyat Baisieva

Marziyat is a member of the Russian Union of Journalists. She was born in the Balkar village of Upper Balkaria in Kabardino-Balkaria.  She graduated from the Philology Department of the University of Kabardino-Balkaria and is the winner of many local and national journalism contests.  She writes in both Russian, and her native language, Balkar.

Eta Kavkaz

East of Elbrus is partnering with Eta Kavkaz to continue to bring you the best material available about the North Caucasus.  Eta Kavkaz aims are similar to those of East of Elbrus: telling the stories of the people, culture and history of the Caucasus.   They just do it all in Russian.   Our partnership with them will allow more access to the richness of the North Caucasus to our Western, English-speaking audience.

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Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends

Stories about Dagestani hospitality can sometimes seem too pretentious. The picture is sometimes painted of locals always ready to receive unknown travelers seems too good to be true. But, in the mountains especially, this is in fact the case. In Dagestan, locals will...