Alsu Kurmasheva is a woman human rights defender, journalist and the editor of the Tatar-Bashkir service of Radio Liberty. Her work focuses on the struggle faced by ethnic and religious minorities, including Volga and Crimean Tatars. She has been working with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty since 1998 and is the editor of Idel.Realii. In 2014, Alsu Kurmasheva published an interview with Mustafa Dzhemilev, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine and head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, in which he criticised Crimea's annexation. Following this line of work, she again collaborated with Idel.Realii in publishing the book No to War in November 2022. This told the story of the residents of the Volga region who oppose the war in Ukraine. Alsu Kurmasheva has Russian and American citizenship and lives in Prague with her family.