Cyrill Stieger, born in Oberriet, Switzerland, in 1950, studied Slavic Philology and Eastern European History in Zurich and Zagreb. He then went on to work at the Swiss embassy in Moscow. From 1986 to April 2015 he was editor and foreign correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. His book Wir wissen nicht mehr, wer wir sind. Vergessene Minderheiten auf dem Balkan [We No Longer Know Who We Are Anymore. Forgotten Minorities of the Balkans] was published by Zsolnay. He lives in Zurich.