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March 2023: Protesters stand off with riot police during demonstrations against a proposed analogue of Russia's 'foreign agents' law outside parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia.

London-born writer and investigative journalist based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

After starting out in publishing, film and television, Will Neal trained as a news reporter with the UK Press Association while interning at the South London Press, The Sunday Times and VICE News. He has since worked for the Guardian, Global Investigations Review, and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, where he was a contributor to major international collaborative investigations including Suisse Secrets and the European Press Prize-winning Russian Asset Tracker

 

Presently, he works as a freelance reporter covering the South Caucasus and wider Black Sea region for publications including Meduza, The New Humanitarian, The New European, euronews, Coda Story, the i newspaper, New Lines Magazine and Byline Times. He is also a member of The John Schofield Trust Fellowship programme for 2024. 

 

His short stories have appeared in Chicago’s Hypertext Review, the Anglo-American literary magazine Litro, and Manchester’s Lunate journal. In 2020, his piece Interdependence was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. 

 

He holds a degree in literature from the University of Cambridge and a master’s in philosophy from University College London.

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