2019 – mid-2021

The God Protocol  

Crowdsourced funding forthcoming on the basis of the first edition of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation supported the research and writing of The God Protocol.

The God Protocol identifies that mechanism in the Qur’an by which miscreant ruling elites of the past were made accountable to God, and delivers the same message of warning to the miscreant, worldwide ruling elite of today.

2018 – mid-2021

The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation  

Crowdsourced funding forthcoming on the basis of the first edition of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation supported the task of taking a good starting point to a finished work.

This edition builds upon the original hermeneutic method which informed the first but includes much new and finished thinking, including a a cogent and logically compelling solution to the 1,400-year-old problem of al ḥurūf al muqaṭṭaʿāt (or mysterious letters as they are known in English) in the Qur’an, as well as the definitions of ṣalāt, zakāt, and jinn on the basis of the Qur’anic text alone.

While The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation exposes unambiguous tensions between Traditionalist Islam and the book it claims as its foundational scripture, that result was not its motivation; its purpose was to provide a full corpus of documentation in support of Gerrans’ principle focus — a project which is summarised in Gerrans’ second work, The God Protocol.

See quranite.com.

mid-2013 – mid-2017

Return to a rational tradition      

The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation (first edition) was an entirely original work and personal research project, self-directed and self-funded.

It presents an entirely new hermeneutic method for approaching the Qur’an, designed to demonstrate that the Qur’an may be understood on the basis of its own internal mechanics, intrinsic definitions and pan-textual usage.

It included a first attempt to provide a full solution to the 1,400-year-old problem to the mysterious letters in the Qur’an. This work was extensively reviewed and updated between 2018 and 2021 and is now replaced by the 2021 edition.

August 2015 – November 2016

Cat among the pigeons 

Contributed weekly columns on freelance basis to the Op-Edge department of Russia Today.

Briefed to write authentic, original copy to stimulate debate.

Succeeded in becoming one of RT’s most compelling writers, consistently generating traction among readers and on social media.

For all articles see here.

January 2010 – July 2014

Making words work 

Opened and ran boutique PR consultancy helping companies in Moscow meet international communications requirements.

Services included: consultancy, translation, editing, and original copywriting.

Worked with the following either directly or via existing agencies: Borjomi, First Russian Recovery, InterRao, Microsoft, Mikhailov & Partners, Nomos Bank, Nordgold, Onetwotrip.com, Perimetrix, Rosinter, Russian Railways, Mikhail Prokhorov, Samsung, Seagate, Sollers, Telenor, TKK.

The nature of much of this work is confidential and covered by non-disclosure agreements; examples of non-confidential work are provided below:

Mikhail Prokhorov
Brief: to write (as part of a group) the political manifesto for Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire who was running against Vladimir Putin in the 2012 Presidential elections. Approach: to strike a businesslike, matter-of-fact and decidedly Russian tone which echoes the client’s reputation as an effective business leader.
Brief: to present a complex product online simply in English for this Russian technology company. Approach: advised the company to create informational pathways beginning on the homepage which would allow non-specialists, technical specialists and C-Suite decision-makers to access relevant information quickly and to drill down from there. Worked with designers to create the site, and wrote copy in English based on a Russian brief. The result was then translated into Russian.
First Russian Recovery
Brief: to present the company's profile online in English. Approach: advised the company to move away from its existing presentation and showcase itself simply and succinctly. Trimmed and rewrote copy in English based on the Russian original. The result was then translated back into Russian for domestic uses.
Brief: to write product copy for Telenor in English. This scenario entailed delivering output for a Norwegian company using English as a business medium for a decision-maker whose native language is Russian. Approach: to work with all parties to achieve an outcome which communicates key facts simply and in a way which all stakeholders would understand.

September 2010 – November 2013

Everyone has a story

Devised, produced, wrote and presented two successful, popular weekly radio shows for the Russian state international English-language radio station Radio Sputnik (formerly Voice of Russia).

Total output: 180 shows.

Home from Home: an interview with a different Moscow expat each week about their reasons for moving to Russia and their experiences in the country: sample show | all shows.

Inside Out: a weekly op-ed radio journal describing the underbelly of life in Russia from the point of view of someone deeply embedded in the life and culture: sample show | all shows. 

September 2008 – August 2010

Director of International Projects

Engaged by Russia’s premier strategic communications company Mikhailov & Partners as client interface and personal consultant to high-profile Russian clients needing to engage effectively with target audiences via Western media.

The Holmes Report lists Mikhailov & Partners as following:

Number 1 Communications Consultancy in Central and Eastern  Europe Mikhailov & Partners advises Russian and global business leaders, helping them to take and maintain the strategic initiative in building their reputations and managing communications.

The role focused on the creation and management of bespoke international campaigns for high-profile clients.

Responsible for annual budgets of one million USD with three direct reports and multiple out-of-house teams.

Key clients and projects below.

Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways
Accompanied Mr Yakunin personally internationally facilitating press interaction at multiple destinations including: Singapore, Libya, Germany, Spain, UK, Mongolia and Slovakia. Liaised with international press ensuring that client interviews were efficiently and professionally managed and oversaw the monitoring of media coverage and writing of reports thereafter.
Mikhail Prokhorov, CEO, Onexim Bank
Provided PR support in collaboration with other agencies – chiefly Burson & Marsteller – to facilitate client's purchase of Brooklyn Nets basketball team. Participated closely in process of providing press training to client prior to meeting international media. Managed the logistics of bringing 60 Minutes and Bloomberg to Russia to film client as part of media support for the client's international projects.