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June 6 - 7, 2015, Near Kyiv, Ukraine
Mezhyhirya Festival
Investigative Journalism + Digital Activism + Leaks
livestream

Journalism, technology & activism

at the ex-president Yanukovych residence Mezhyhirya


2
Days

In the residency of ex-president Yanukovych

300
Participants

International & local experts

+30
Events

Talks, discussions, workshops & parties

Schedule



Some speakers



Iggy Ostanin
Iggy Ostanin

is a freelance Russian journalist, contributor to Bellingcat, who does investigative research on the Ukrainian conflict. He has lived in France, United Kingdom and Netherlands, studies law at the University of York. Ostanin has become famous with his BUK missiles investigation connected to MH17 crash in Eastern Ukraine. He tweets under @magnitsky.

Kateryna Sergatskova
Kateryna Sergatskova

is a Russian born war-reporter. She studied and lived in Russia, used to write for Colta.ru and Snob.ru. Later Sergatskova moved to Crimea and was one of a few journalists who managed to report the Crimean conflict from both sides. She now lives in Kyiv, is in charge of Russian language project of Hromadske TV, works for Ukrainska Pravda. Lately Sergatskova got her Ukrainian citizenship.

Timur Olevskiy
Timur Olevskiy

is a Russian journalist, works for Dozhd TV (tvrain.ru), used to work for Echo Moscow. Lately Olevskyi has been covering war conflict in Eastern Ukraine, has produced multiple stories from the most hot spots of the conflict, including Donetsk Aiprort.

Jim Giles
Jim Giles

Jim spent 25 years in in Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Commandos, and upon leaving ran his own very successful company before joining Centurion. Like Keith and all of Centurion employees, Jim has acquired numerous civilian teaching qualifications as well as the advanced first aid credentials. Jim has been on numerous deployments with our clients from Asia, Africa, South America, USA and throughout Europe. Apart from instructing and advising on all of the subjects on our courses, Jim is also responsible for liaising with our clients to ensure the clients needs for training are met.

Nerma Jelacic
Nerma Jelacic

is Head of External Relations for the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), a pioneering organisation that employs an innovative approach to investigating and documenting atrocities in Syria which has already resulted in the completion of three trial-ready case-files. From 2008 to 2014 she was the Spokesperson and Head of Outreach and Communications for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She is a seasoned investigative reporter specialising in the subject of war crimes and organised crime.

Sandra Orlovic
Sandra Orlovic

Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the HLC, Sandra Orlović spent five years managing a team of researchers and analysts on the Kosovo Memory Book Project. She also worked as a researcher into human rights violations and as a monitor of war crimes trials and the trial in the case of the murder of the Prime Minister of Serbia, Zoran Đinđić. In the period 2006-2007, she coordinated the programme of support for victims of serious violations of human rights committed during the nineteen-nineties in realizing their right to reparation. She graduated in International Law at the Belgrade Faculty of Law. During 2012, she completed the Historical Dialogue and Responsibility programme at Columbia University in New York. The Schwarzkopf Foundation from Berlin awarded her with the title of Young European of the Year in 2009.

Denys Kazanskyi
Denys Kazanskyi

is a well-known Ukrainian jouranlist, blogger and civic activist from Donetsk region. He’s become famous as a Live Journal user @frankensstein, anonymously uncovering various corruption schemes of Donetsk local authorities. Later he came out as a journalist from local Ostrov online-portal and even attempted to run for mayor of his hometown Enakieve in Donetsk region. Among others Kazanskyi writes for Lb.ua and Ukrainskyi Tyzhden.

Denys Bigus
Denys Bigus

is a Ukrainian investigative journalist, works for “Nashi Groshi” anticorruption project of ZIK TV channel. Bigus used to work for Znak Oklyku, investigative project at TVi channel. During EuroMaidan Revolution he participated at Kantselyarska Sotnya (Clerical Hundred), a union of protesters that aimed to collect the documents abandoned after former President Viktor Yanukovych and his allies fled the country. Bigus was one of the journalists who found the documents left in Yanukovych’s main estate Mezhyhirya on Feb. 22 and later founded YanukovychLeaks investigative project.

Yuriy Kireev
Yuriy Kireev

is a Ukrainian investigative journalist from Dnipropetrovsk, works for Channel 34. Kireev got an award for the best investigation within the joint project of US Embassy and Regional Press Institute for his investigation “Who among Dnipropetrovsk residents made it to the corrupt registry.

Artem Sytnyk
Artem Sytnyk

is a Ukrainian lawyer and a newly appointed head of Ukraine’s anti-Corruption Bureau. He was one of the four candidates for the job and his victory caused contravercial reaction in the media and among the experts. Prior to that Sytnyk worked as an investigator and a prosecutor for the State Prosecutor’s Office in 2011, he claims to quit the job due to “disagreements with the policies of Yanukovych’s regime.” He also worked as a private lawyer for “Law guarantees” law-firm.

Giovanni Kessler
Giovanni Kessler

is an Italian prosecutor, Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). Kessler worked as a Deputy Head of the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission in Pristina, sat on the Justice Affairs Committee as a member of Italian Parliamente elected in 2001, authored numerous bills on the International Criminal Court, the European Convention against corruption, the International Judiciary Cooperation and the European Arrest Warrant. In 2014 Kessler became a member of the commission on appointment of the new bureau chief of the Ukrainian anti-Corruption Bureau.

Paul Rees
Paul Rees

Centurion has been established in the field of Hostile Environments and Emergency First Aid Training (known worldwide as HEFAT) since 1995, when the Managing Director and Founder, Paul Rees, at that time was still serving as a member of the Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Commandos Special Forces. He was first approached by the head of safety at the BBC who asked him to devise a safety course for BBC staff heading to volatile and hostile areas. The HEFAT (Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid Training) course that Paul originated, and devised into, originally 23 years ago - a 6-day, fully-residential course for the BBC, which proved on numerous occasions that its training methods saved lives in the conflicts that were happening at that time, and since then there has been a dramatic shift in attitudes towards the provision of training for journalists and media teams worldwide.

Keith Rigby
Keith Rigby

Keith spent 25 years in Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Commandos, ended up as the senior Royal Marines Regimental Sergeant Major. Since leaving the Marines Keith has concentrated on acquiring numerous civilian teaching qualifications as well as the advanced first aid credentials. Since working with Centurion he has been on deployment with news crews / NGO’s and corporations in various countries of hostile environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, South America, USA, Asia……….many others, where he was employed as the safety advisor and personal protection for the clients he was deployed with. Keith is now the senior team leader / instructor within Centurion and is responsible for all the training programmes, organisation, deployments and all future operational requirements for Centurion.

Jim Giles
Tim Judah

Tim Judah covers the Balkans, and sometimes other places, for the Economist. For most of 2015 though he has been in Ukraine, covering the story for the New York Review of Books. He is now writing a book about the Ukrainian war for Penguin. Since 11 September 2001 he has also covered many other parts of the world for The Economist and the New York Review of Books amongst others. These have included Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur and Haiti.

Jim Giles
Andrej Petrovski

is a Cyber Forensic Specialist at Share Foundation, based in Serbia, with a background of education in Software Engineering and Master Studies in Electronic Crimes and Digital Forensics. He has conducted extensive research in the field of application of modern technologies in the traditional democratic processes, as well as the influence of new media in the uprisings in undeveloped countries in recent years.

Jim Giles
Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi

is a computer expert and internet activist .He is best known for being a co-founder and ex-spokesperson of The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent search engine.

Keith Rigby
Vladan Joler

is a director of Share Foundation, research, monitoring and advocacy organisation protecting the rights of Internet citizens.

Keith Rigby
Olivia Solis

Is a graphic designer, and data visualization expert from Share Foundation. She is experienced in visualization of data related to open data initiatives, Internet privacy and surveillance.

Keith Rigby
Josh Arnold-Forster

Josh has been an Associate at Hanover since 2007 providing political and strategic advice to a range of different clients including Lockheed Martin, work with the MoD’s Service Complaints Commission, the Government of Alberta and the Royal British Legion. He is currently providing strategic political advice to EADS UK, including assessment of future direction of UK defence procurement policy and analysis of key leaders within HMG and development and communication of key strategic themes.

Keith Rigby
Krasimir Yankov

is researching Ukraine for Amnesty International. He has travelled several extensively to Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and Crimea. The organisation's latest report Breaking Bodies: Torture and summary killings in eastern Ukraine provides compelling evidence of frequent and widespread prisoner abuse on both sides of the conflict including war crimes. Previously Yankov was an investigative journalist with with a focus on human rights and the conflicts in the Middle East. He is fluent in English, Russian, Arabic and Bulgarian.

Organizers



  • www.yanukovychleaks.org
  • occrp
  • shareconference
  • internews

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a not-for-profit, joint program of a number of regional non-profit investigative centers and for profit independent media stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

A group of Ukrainian journalists and activists behind investigation and publishing of the enormous wealth of information founded in Yanukovych villa.

Share is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology.

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Thanks


Supported by the Media Development Fund of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

  • internews
  • internews
  • internews
  • irrp
  • renaisance
  • norway embassy

Location

  • Mezhyhirya compound, kyiv countryside
  • Ex President Yanukovych residence Mezhyhirya, was the former private residence of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in the village of Novi Petrivtsi, nearby kyiv which he occupied since 2002. On February 22nd 2014, after the end of the Yanukovych government and his abrupt leave, the Mezhyhirya compound, his residence in the Kyiv countryside, was opened to protesters, activists and journalists. On February 23, 2014 the Ukrainian parliament adopted a resolution on transfer of Mezhyhirya into a state ownership.

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