Viacheslav (Slava) Dvornikov was born in Russia and graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University in 2012. Slava worked as a consultant in a commercial bank in Russia for a year before joining Atlas Network as an intern and then interning with Cato Institute. During that time, he started working as economic journalist for the Moscow-based business newspaper Slon. In January 2014, he moved to Ukraine and started working as a manager of Atlas Network's outreach program and a local coordinator of Students for Liberty in Ukraine.