Ilya is a cum laude alumnus from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts with a double major in international affairs and economics. During his studies, Ilya concentrated his research on Ukraine’s relations with the European Union and Russia, already chipping in articles for the Kyiv Post. He was one of the main organizers of the EuroMaidan in Boston. Throughout his life, Ilya lived in England, Ukraine and five U.S. states. The Kyiv Post’s former senior business reporter worked for the newspaper between 2014 and 2016.