Who are the innovators in the Russian DYOM community?
Santal and Tandem Untitled, for sure. they broke the boundaries of your common storytelling and designing to bring some of the best projects to the community, while also recognizing the fact that you don't need umpteen missions to tell a story - most of Santal's mission packs, for example, have less than 8 missions in them. also, the themes in their missions are very well thought out, and the stories they tell are insane (in a good way)
if you look at something a bit more grounded, Altermann should be among those names, at least for me. his projects are thrilling and exciting, and he almost singlehandedly gave a second life to the action genre which has been plagued by amateurs for years
Several other people brought new ideas to the table, like 'quick-time events' or efficient use of scripts in their missions