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Isabella Evloeva

WHRD and Journalist

Isabella Evloeva is a woman human rights defender and journalist. She is the Editor-in-Chief of, a regional independent media outlet that covers human rights violations in the Republic of Ingushetia, including the border conflict between the Chechen Republic and the Republic of Ingushetia, and covers persecution of the human rights defenders and activists in Ingushetia. The woman human rights defender also writes for her telegram-based blog "Not a Woman, but a Journalist" and she uses this platform to write about mass human rights violations committed by the Russian military in Ukraine. Isabella Evloeva collaborated with other media outlets covering Russia's North Caucasus, including Caucasian Knot, Kavkaz.Realii., and Current Time.


The environment for the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Russian Federation is difficult, especially for those who defend and promote the rights of LGBTI people, ethnic and religious minorities, refugees, as well as activists of the North Caucasus and the unlawfully annexed Crimean Peninsula. HRDs are often subjected to acts of harassment, surveillance, physical attacks, threat, raids and searches on their offices and homes, slander and smear campaigns, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment, as well as violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. There have also been cases where HRDs have been murdered as a result of their work.