Artur Akhmetgaliev grew up in Russia. He discovered his passion for storytelling while still at school- and studied journalism after graduating from high school. Artur wrote reports for various print media during several internships. After graduating, he started his career as a TV reporter.
In 2010 he moved to Saint Petersburg and made contributions to the television channel 100TV. There he dealt, among other things, with nationalism and LGBTIQ rights as topic. His life was threatened in Russia because of his crtique of the law against the so-called "gay propaganda" in his reporting. Despite attacks from homophobic groups, he received no support from the state and had to leave the country. At the end of 2014, he applied for asylum in Germany. His application was approved three years later.
Artur has written for TAZ in Germany and has written/translated articles for RTL NORD and Deutsche Welle. He works as a volunteer translator and assists Russian-speaking refugees. Since December 2020 he has been the Russian editor at Handbook Germany.