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Yekaterina Yanshina

WHRD and journalist
HRC Memorial

Yekaterina Yanshina is a woman human rights defender and journalist. In her journalism, she has been covering human rights issues and human rights law in Russia. Since 2021 she has worked in the human rights media outlet for lawyers, "The Bar Street." In Autumn of 2022, she started closely collaborating with Human Rights Center "Memorial."

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.