Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Russian Federation - COI

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Dr Max Bader

Email: m [dot] baderathum [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl

Dr. Max Bader is a lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University. Before coming to Leiden University, he was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the OSCE Academy, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Bader has extensive experience working in research and advocacy projects in Russia and Ukraine. He is a frequent election observer for OSCE/ODIHR in the post-Soviet area, and has carried out policy evaluations for USAID and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. His current research project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is  Human Security and Conflict in Ukraine: Local Approaches and Transnational Dimensions

Bill Bowring

Email: b [dot] bowringatbbk [dot] ac [dot] uk

Professor Bowring is a Barrister and academic with research experience in Russia, which he first visited in 1983. He is fluent in Russian. From 1997 to 2003 Professor Bowring worked on Russia with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). In 2003, he founded (and now chairs) the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre in partnership with 'Memorial', and since then has taken many cases against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Bowring has worked as an expert for the EU, Council of Europe, UN and OSCE on issues relating to minority rights, legal education, law reform, judicial reform, and reform of the penitentiary system. He has published books and articles on language policies, ethnic conflicts and questions of citizenship, and acted as expert witness in a number of cases in the UK, USA, Norway, Netherlands and Cyprus.

Dr Richard Connolly

Email: r [dot] connollyatbham [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Richard Connolly is senior lecturer in Political Economy and co-director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research and teaching are principally concerned with the political economy of Russia. He is also visiting professor on the Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) programme at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, member of the editorial board for Eurasian Geography and Economics, and for the Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies, and he is editor of Post-Communist Economies. Dr Connolly has presented his research to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), and the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC). He has written extensively about the political economy of Russia, with a focus on the institutional environment and the country's relationship with the global economy.  

Ann Cooper

Email: akc24atcolumbia [dot] edu

Ann Cooper is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. She also worked eight years as executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom advocacy group, prior to joining the Columbia faculty. She was NPR's Moscow correspondent from 1987 through 1991, including doing many stories on glasnost and the opening of press freedoms and free expression in the final years of the Soviet Union. As the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, she continued to develop expertise on Russia's evolving atmosphere for independent media. During this role she traveled to Moscow and other Russian cities several times to do research and advocacy on behalf of press freedom. Ann recently traveled to Russia in 2014, when she was a State Department visiting speaker on press issues in Moscow, Voronezh and Vladimir. In 2015 she wrote an essay surveying the rest and press freedom in the Soviet Union and later Russia, from the Soviet era to the present: You can find it here

Dr Victoria Donovan

Email:  vsd2atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk ( vsd2atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk )

Dr Victoria Donovan is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on Russian history and culture, with an emphasis on local identities, heritage politics, and the cultural memory of the Soviet past in twenty-first century Russia. She has spent extended periods of time living and working in Russia and serves as the Director of the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East Europe Studies at the University of St Andrews. She has recently been selected as an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker for 2016/2017, where she will be developing programmes based on her research with the BBC.  

Dr Tracey German

Email: tgerman [dot] jscscatda [dot] mod [dot] uk

Dr Tracey German is a Reader in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College, London. Her research focuses on Russia’s relations with its neighbours, and conflict and security in the Caucasus and Caspian region, and she has published widely on these issues. Prior to this she lectured at RMA Sandhurst and the University of Aberdeen, and worked as a research manager for a business intelligence company, specialising in energy security. She is a graduate in Russian from the University of Edinburgh and was awarded a PhD on the topic of Russia's conflict with Chechnya. She has expertise on the ongoing conflict in Chechnya, security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and energy issues in the former Soviet states. She is a Russian speaker, has lived in Russia and Ukraine, and travelled extensively across the post-Soviet space.

Dr Emma Gilligan 

Email: egilligaatindiana [dot] edu

Emma Gilligan is the Director of the Human Rights Institute and Associate Professor of Russian History at the University of Connecticut. She has worked on asylum cases for Russian citizens seeking asylum in the United States and as a consultant for the public defenders office. She wrote Defending Human Rights in Russia; Sergei Kovalyov Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner, 1969-96 (Routledge, 2004). Her second book, Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Princeton University Press, 2010) examines the war crimes committed by Russian soldiers against the civilian population of Chechnya.

Ms Danielle Grigsby

Email: danigrigsbyatgmail [dot] com ( danigrigsbyatgmail [dot] com )

Ms Danielle Grigsby is a Researcher and Affiliate of Forced Migration / Refugee Studies at the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University. Formerly, she has worked as a Refugee Resettlement Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee, in state policy research for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and as a refugee resource specialist for Moscow-based NGO, Opora.  Grigsby is conversant in Russian and currently conducts research on Moscow-based Chechen IDPs, human smuggling patterns to, and through, Russia, pathways of resettlement in the former Soviet Union, Russia’s fascist gang-movement and Moscow’s Diaspora remittances and networks.  Grigsby specializes in non-CIS forced migration to Moscow and its nongovernmental refugee service delivery.

Dan Healey

Email: dan [dot] healeyathistory [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dan Healey is Professor of Modern Russian History at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He is an authority on the history of homosexuality and gender variance in Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation. He is the author of Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi (2018) and the first book-length study of the history of homosexuality in Russia, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent, which was published in 2001 by University of Chicago Press, and translated and published in Russian by Ladomir Press, Moscow, in 2008. He has published numerous articles and chapters on sexuality, gender, medicine and law in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. He has written expert reports on asylum cases on the basis of sexual orientation and HIV+ status for individuals from ex-Soviet republics.

Dr Richard Mole

Email: r [dot] moleatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Richard Mole is Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. He has an MPhil from Cambridge University and a PhD from the London School of Economics, both in International Relations. He spent extended periods of time studying and working in the USSR and subsequently in Russia and the Baltic States and speaks fluent Russian. His research focuses on homosexuality and homophobia in Russia and the former USSR (especially political homophobia) and migration by LGBT individuals from Russia, the former USSR and Poland to the Germany and the UK. He has provided expert reports on asylum cases made on the basis of ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Dr Andrew Monaghan

Email: a [dot] c [dot] monaghanatgmail [dot] com

Dr Andrew Monaghan is senior research fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He is also a visiting fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. Additionally he is the founder and director of the Russia Research Network, an independent organization for the generation of information and expertise on Russian politics, security and economic issues based in London. Until late 2012, he led the Russia related research in the Research Division of the NATO Defence College (NDC) in Rome. He has served as an expert witness to several parliamentary committees including the UK’s National Security Strategy Committee and the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He received his PhD in Russian foreign policy (Russian perspectives of Russia-EU security relations) from the Department of War Studies, King’s College, from where he also obtained an MA in War Studies, graduating with the Simon O’Dwyer Russell prize. 

Maria Popova

Email: maria [dot] popovaatmcgill [dot] ca

Maria Popova PhD in Government (Harvard University), is Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She is also a faculty associate of the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) and the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill. She is the author of  Politicized Justice in Emerging Democracies: A Study of Courts in Russia and Ukraine  (Cambridge University Press, 2012), the winner of the 2012-2013 American Association for Ukrainian Studies prize for best book in the fields of Ukrainian history, politics, language, literature, and culture.  Her research focuses on judicial independence, the rule of law, and corruption in the post-Communist region.  She is currently working on a book manuscript on the prosecution of high-level political corruption in seven Eastern European EU members.  She also follows and writes about post-Maidan judicial reform in Ukraine.

Federica Prina 

Email: Federica [dot] Prinaatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Federica Prina is a Research Associate at the School of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Glasgow. She is part of a team implementing the three years (2014-2017) research project ‘National Minority Rights and Democratic Political Community: Practices of Non-Territorial Autonomy in Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her field of research encompasses cultural, linguistic and participatory rights of national minorities in the post-Soviet space, particularly the Russian Federation, Moldova, Estonia and Ukraine. From 2011 to 2013 she was a researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), in Flensburg (Germany), where she coordinated the research cluster ‘Culture and Diversity’. From 2012 to 2014 she was the editor of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) . Federica Prina has also worked for human rights organisations, including Article 19 (the Global Campaign for Free Expression), Amnesty International and Minority Rights Group. 

Prof Dr Branislav Radeljic

Email: BRadeljicatnebrija [dot] es or branislav [dot] radeljicatgmail [dot] com  

Branislav Radeljic is an academic, consultant and policy analyst, specializing in EU, Balkan and East European political and socioeconomic development. He has a BA from the University of Rome La Sapienza, two MA degrees from the Free University of Brussels, and a PhD from the University of London. He has lectured for many years at the University of East London and has held visiting appointments at Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr Radeljic is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), editor of Europe and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013), Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014) and European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992) (2017), and co-editor of Religion in the post-Yugoslav Context (2015) and Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences (2016). He has presented his research findings at numerous conferences and workshops, and has regularly been invited to give talks and commentary to different media outlets.

Dr Gavin Slade

Email: Gavin [dot] Sladeatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr. Gavin Slade is a Lecturer in Legacies of Communism at the University of Glasgow. Dr. Slade received his PhD from Oxford University in 2012. He has worked at Ilia State University, Tbilisi and the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, Dr. Slade was a Research Fellow at the Freie Universitat, Berlin. Dr. Slade is a criminologist who focuses on the countries of the former Soviet Union. His work is underpinned by an interest in the social organization of violence in these countries and has focused particularly on organized crime, policing, prison reform and the politics of crime. He has examined varying effects of prison architectural reform projects in Georgia, Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan on social relations, group formation and violence among prisoners. Dr. Slade is also currently working on collaborative projects on the political economy of punishment in the former Soviet Union, the transplantation of post-Soviet organized criminal groups in western Europe, and the policing of 'hooliganism' in Kazakhstan.