Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska

Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Organization: Integration and Development Center for Information and Research

“I never expected to become a character out of my own PhD dissertation on forced migration,” observes Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska. But after the Russian annexation of Crimea, her home region, the professor and psychologist of identity-based conflict had to flee to avoid arrest for her outspoken opposition to the takeover. Even if the fighting is confined […]

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Oksana Romaniuk

Oksana Romaniuk
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Director
  • Organization: Institute of Mass Information

In 2013, Oksana Romaniuk was the victim of a cyber-attack that—given her job in Kyiv as Executive Director of the large nonprofit Institute of Mass Information (IMI)—was much more than a personal nuisance. A well-known opponent of government efforts to control the media, she reported the attack to the authorities. “The police responded,” she says, […]

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Olga Bogomolets

Olga Bogomolets
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Member
  • Organization: Ukrainian Parliament

“Civil society activists have to take on responsibilities,” says Olga Bogomolets, a respected doctor, professor, and, since 2014, political leader. “It’s hard, but this is a chance and a choice to change your country.” So she ran for president in 2014 after her highly visible role as medical coordinator for protestors (including 100 who were […]

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