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Olexandra Romantsova

Human rights activist, executive director of the Centre for Civil Liberties.
Oleksandra Romantsova was born in 1985 in the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.

She graduated with a degree in economics from the Faculty of International Relations at Krok University in 2007 and a master’s degree in project management from the same university in 2013.

After graduation, she worked at UkrSibbank. Her job responsibilities at different times included corporate education, management of communication and training projects, and development of the bank’s branch network.

At the end of 2013, she joined the Euromaidan movement and started volunteering for the Euromaidan SOS initiative, which was created in response to the illegal actions of the authorities to disperse the peaceful rally on the night of 30 November 2013 on Independence Square. During the Revolution of Dignity, she assisted in providing medical care, provided legal assistance to protesters, and helped search for missing persons.

In May 2014, she joined the Centre for Civil Liberties as a human rights activist. Her first project, which she funded herself, was to monitor the situation in Donbas and Crimea against the backdrop of Russian aggression. In the summer of 2014, she came under fire from terrorists of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” and was lightly injured.

From 2014 to the end of 2016, she coordinated a project of mobile monitoring of human rights violations and war crimes in eastern Ukraine and political persecution by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea. Since 2015, she has also been responsible for international advocacy of the organisation’s work.

From 2017 to 2018, she was the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Civil Liberties. In 2018, the position of Executive Director was introduced in the organisation, and Oleksandra Romantsova took it.

The Centre for Civil Liberties, under the leadership of its Chairperson of the Board Oleksandra Matviychuk and Executive Director Oleksandra Romantsova, is engaged in documenting Russia’s war crimes, providing legal assistance to Ukrainians and advocating Ukraine’s interests in the international arena. In May 2022, the organisation was awarded the Democracy Award 2022, and in October 2022, it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.