The Illuminer Prize was established in 2008 by Dmitry Zimin, the founder and Honorary President of VimpelCom, and his non-profit Foundation called Dynasty. The aim of the Prize is to increase readership of non-fiction, especially of books on popular science, as well as to encourage authors who wish to popularize ideas in the scientific community.

Since 2009 the Prize has been awarded to authors in two categories: the humanities and the natural sciences. The short list of the Prize is announced in September and laureates are announced in November.



  1. Marina Svanidze, Historical Chronicles with Nikolay Svanidze [Natural Sciences, Winner]
  2. Andrei Ostalskogo, A Brief History of Money: Where did they come from? How do they work? How will they be changed in future? [Natural Sciences]
  3. Maxim Krongauz, Russian Language on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Natural Sciences]
  4. Alexander Zvonkin, Kids and Mathematics [Natural Sciences]