June 4-5th, 2016, Novi Petrivtsi village, Kyiv Oblast | Ukraine
Mezhyhirya Festival
Investigative journalism + Leaks + Propaganda

Journalism, technology & activism

at the ex-president Yanukovych residence Mezhyhirya


In the residency of ex-president Yanukovych


International & local experts


Talks, discussions, workshops & parties


Some speakers

Iggy Ostanin
Will Fitzgibbon (ICIJ)

Will Fitzgibbon is a reporter for ICIJ. In 2014, Will was ICIJ’s first Investigative Journalism Fellow. He was a reporter on ICIJ's Swiss Leaks project and heads ICIJ's Africa Desk, coordinating and expanding ICIJ's collaboration with journalists across Africa. Before coming to Washington, he worked at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) in London where his work on politics, the finance industry and housing appeared in The Guardian and The Observer.

Kateryna Sergatskova
Drew Sullivan (OCCRP)

is a journalist and media development specialist who has worked for almost a decade in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 and served as its editor and first director before the center became an independent, locally run organization. Today he serves as the director and an editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program, an organization he founded together with investigative reporting centers, media outlets, and reporters from a dozen countries. He also founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Timur Olevskiy
Dmytro Gnap (

is a Ukrainian journalist at Slidstvo.Info and Hromadske.TV. His work focuses on corruption and crime. In 2014, he and other journalists collaborated to preserve documents found at the Mezhyhirya Residence after President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine. Gnap won the main award at the 2015 Mezhyhirya Festival for his investigative work.

Paule Sonne
Roman Anin (Novaya Gazeta)

Roman Anin is the head of investigative section of Moscow based Novaya Gazeta, one of the most famous Russian newspapers in the world. He began his career in 2006 as a sports writer, but in 2008 was moved to the newspaper’s investigative section. Since 2009 Anin has been working on cross-border investigations with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and International Consortium if Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). His work also led to investigative reports in the Financial Times, the BBC and Sveriges Television (SVT), Sweden’s public broadcaster.

Nerma Lelacic
Inga Springe (Re:Baltica)

is an award-winning journalist, the founder of Re:Baltica - The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism, based in Riga, Latvia. Springe worked as an investigative journalist at the leading Latvian daily newspaper Diena for six years. As a researcher in one of the poorest countries in the E.U., Springe's topics included organized crime, corruption and smuggling.

Sandra Orlovic
Sanita Jemberga (Re:Baltica)

is award winning Latvian investigative journalist who has worked in the press and television since 1996. After the leading Latvian daily newspaper Diena was sold to local oligarchs in 2009, Sanita left and together with others from Diena’s editorial team became one of the four founders and shareholder for the weekly magazine „IR”. Now Jemberga serves as an executive director and editor for Re:Baltica - The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Denys Kazanskyi
Yevhen Fedchenko (StopFake)

Director of Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, associate professor, founder of StopFake - Ukrainian anti-propaganda journalism project.

Denys Bigus
Dave Kaplan (GIJN)

has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from two dozen countries, and won or shared more than 25 awards. He has managed nonprofit newsrooms, investigative teams, and numerous cross-border projects. During the 1980s and early ‘90s, at the original Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, he and his colleagues developed the model of a nonprofit investigative news enterprise.

Yuriy Kireev
Mark Hunter (INSEAD)

is an investigative journalist and scholarly researcher, trainer and consultant. Hunter is currently an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD, based in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre.

Artem Sytnyk
Nastya Stanko (

Ukrainian journalist and TV host at Hromadske Television. Stanko used to work as a journalist at TVi and First National TV Channel. She was very active covering Ukrainian war and was held captive by Russian-backed terrorists.

Giovanni Kessler
Angelina Karyakina (

Worked as a correspondent and editor with various printed media, in 2011 joined Euronews Kyiv bureau. Covered mostly Ukrainian political and social affairs, Maydan protests, Russian aggression and conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Joined Hromadske TV in 2015 as a journalist and presenter. Has been covering Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko trial in Russia, refugee crisis in Hungary. In 2016 started an investigative documentary series "Traces of revolution" with a fellow journalist Anastasia Stanko. The first episode "20/02. Turning point" investigates events of a day, which has become the bloodiest in the history of Ukrainian protests, leaving 48 activists and 4 government forces fighters dead. The second episode "Amnesty" explores the fallout of Ukraine's so-called 'amnesty law' protecting participants of the Euromaidan's deadly clashes.

Paul Rees
Sevgil Musaeva (Ukrainska Pravda)

Ukrainian journalist, the chief-editor of Ukrainska pravda online publication. In 2011-2013 Musaeva used to work as a staff writer at Forbse Ukraine and in 2014 she started her own online publication Hubs. She has conducted numerous investigations on gas and energy issues, have investigated the affairs of Ukrainian oligarchs Serhiy Kurchenko, Nestor Shufrych and Juriy Ivaniuscheno.

Keith Rigby
Smari McCarthy (OCCRP)

is chief technologist at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He lives at the intersection between politics and technology, working and writing on free software, information security, privacy, free speech, transparency and other related issues. He is a board member of the International Modern Media Institute and chairman of the European Pirate Party. He previously co-founded Mailpile, the Icelandic Pirate Party, the Icelandic Constitutional Society, and the Shadow Parliament Project. He worked with Wikileaks in early 2010 on the Manning leaks.

Keith Rigby
Roman Shleynov (Vedomosti)

is an investigative observer at Vedomosti business daily, the Russian project of The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Before October 2010 he worked as investigations editor at Novaya Gazeta and served as an editorial board member. During his time at Novaya Gazeta, he has also worked as information section reporter, deputy head of information section, investigative reporter, and deputy investigations editor. Shleynov focuses almost exclusively on exposing the corrupt bonds between business and public officials. (picture attached)


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  • 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.

is a non-profit organization founded by Kyiv Post journalists to improve Ukraine’s journalism profession through three main activities: investigative/enterprise journalism, journalism exchanges and specialized training.


This event is free, because we believe that information and knowledge should be free, but you need to register yourself. Number of attendees are limited, so its better to reserve your place right now.

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  • 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 Ky iev 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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