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Andrey Menshikov received his PhD in Philosophy from the Ural State University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) and his MA in Medieval Studies from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). He was a fellow at Boston University (2004), the University of California at Berkeley (2007), Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (2007-8) and is now involved in research projects in political philosophy and intellectual history supported by the Russian Science Foundation. His current research focuses on the growing role of emotions in decisions that affect human rights and on possible re-conceptualization of the freedom of religion in a situation when, as O. Roy puts it, “freedom of religion is both defined as a human right and is perceived as a threat to human rights.”