Based in Moscow, Anastasia supervises several attorneys in the North Caucasus who litigate on behalf of victims or family members affected by disappearances, torture, or other human rights violations carried out by Russian government agents. The organization brings cases to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
When she’s not working in a supervisory role, Anastasia also handles many of the cases herself.
“Our hope is that we can achieve legal recognition that a violation has occurred and seek further investigation on the victims' behalf,” Anastasia says.
“The most challenging part isn’t the legal work — it’s helping the victims and their families handle their grief. I try to support them not only as a lawyer, but as someone who can help them maintain hope for justice.”
Anastasia became interested international humanitarian law while taking an undergraduate course taught by Kroc alumna Professor Larissa Deriglazova at Tomsk State University in Russia. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in international relations and a minor in international humanitarian law, she pursued a master’s degree in international peace studies at Notre Dame.
“I left Notre Dame with a compelling vision of what I wanted to do with my career,” Anastasia said. “The experience was truly life-changing.”
Anastasia holds an LL.M. in international humanitarian law and human rights law from the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva. Before joining SRJI, she worked for nearly 10 years as the legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
— Renée LaReau, September 2013