Maria Sannikova-Franck

Pro­gramm­e Director

Photo: Stefan Lengsfeld


T +49 30 25 09 58 68

Maria Sannikova-Franck is the Director of LibMod’s Russia programme. Maria has 20 years of expe­ri­ence working on trans­for­ma­tion, civil society, and human rights in Russia and Eastern Europe. Before joining the Center, she served for more than ten years as a foreign policy advisor to Marieluise Beck, then a member of the German Bundestag. Prior to this, she worked as a programme officer with the Moscow-based Center for the Devel­op­ment of Democracy and Human Rights. Maria holds an MA in Inter­na­tional Relations from Freie Univer­sität Berlin and a Commu­ni­ca­tion Studies Diploma from Perm Technical Univer­sity in Russia.


  • Sannikova-Franck, Maria: Discussing Russia’s Future. In: Zentrum Liberale Moderne vom 17.2.2022 [17.02.2022]
  • Sannikova-Franck, Maria: Nawalny – der ernsthafteste Gegner des Kremls. In: Russland verstehen [22.01.2021]
  • Sannikova-Franck, Maria: Die Angst des Kremls vor der Zivilge­sellschaft. In: Russland verstehen [10.12.2020]
  • Sannikova-Franck, Maria: Ein wich­ti­ger Pro­zess­be­ginn in Berlin. In: Russland verstehen vom 6.10.2020 [06.10.2020]