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Leonid Drabkin

Leonid Drabkin

HRD, Coordinator

Leonid Drabkin is a Coordinator of OVD-Info, an independent human rights media project that helps the victims of political persecution. OVD-Info makes it easy for anyone to find out who’s been arrested at a rally, the police station where they’ve been booked, and whether they need any assistance or legal aid. Leonid started a as a volunteer while working in the private sector before devoting himself full time to working to support civil society in Russia.


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.