Irina Prokhorova is a literary critic and cultural historian. She is the leader of the opposition party Civic Platform and President of the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. Furthermore she is the founder and editor of the New Literary Observer magazine and owner and director of the publishing house with the same name in Moscow. Over the past decade, and until today, Prokhorova was actively engaged with philanthropy. In 2004, following her initiative, the Prokhorov Fund was established, to support contemporary Russian culture. She was honoured by the Government of the Russian Federation for New Literary Observer magazine (2002), and received the Liberty Prize for her contribution to the development of Russian-American cultural relations (2003). In 2005, Ms. Prokhorova became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), and a laureate of the Andrey Belyi prize for literature (2006).