Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Russian Federation - COI

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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

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.

Prof Richard Sakwa

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

Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. After graduating in History from the London School of Economics, he took a PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham. He held lectureships at the Universities of Essex and California, Santa Cruz, before joining the University of Kent in 1987. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs. Books include: Postcommunism (Buckingham, Open University Press, 1999), Contextualising Secession: Normative Aspects of Secession Struggles (Oxford University Press, 2003), co-edited with Bruno Coppieters; the edited volume Chechnya: From Past to Future (London, Anthem Press; Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishers, 2005); Russian Politics and Society (London & New York, Routledge, 4th edn 2008), and Putin: Russia’s Choice (Routledge, 2nd edn 2008). His book on The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin and the Yukos Affair was published by Oxford University Press in 2009, and his study called Communism in Russia: An Interpretative Essay was published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2010. His book on The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession came out with Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Dr Victoria Donovan

Email: 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 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. 

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.  

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 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.

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: https://cpj.org/2015/04/attacks-on-the-press-death-of-glasnost-russia-attempt-at-openness-failed.php

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 the author of several books and articles on modern Russian history. His study of the history of homosexuality in tsarist and Soviet Russia, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent, was published in 2001 by University of Chicago Press, and was designated proxime accessit for the Royal Historical Society’s 2001 Gladstone History Book Prize. It was published in Russian by Ladomir Press, Moscow, in 2008. A study of the early Soviet “sexual revolution” followed in 2009, entitled Bolshevik Sexual Forensics: Diagnosing Sexual Disorder in Clinic and Courtroom, 1917-1939. He has also edited two essay collections: Soviet Medicine: Culture, Practice, Science (2010) with F. Bernstein and C. Burton; and Russian Masculinities in History and Culture (2002) with B. Clements and R. Friedman. He has published many articles and book chapters on the history of Russian homosexuality, on Russia’s contemporary politics of so-called “non-traditional” sexualities, on the history of Russian psychiatry and forensic medicine, on gender, and on the Gulag. He was joint Reviews Editor of Gender & History, 2004-2008, and he co-edits the H-Histsex History of Sexuality H-NET Discussion List. He also serves on the Editorial Board for Slavonic & East European Review.

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. 

Maria Popova

Email: maria [dot] popovaatmcgill [dot] ca

Maria PopovaPhD 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.

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

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.