Defending Democracy: Amplifying Voices from Ukraine
Mr. Oleh Rybachuk is a prominent civil society leader and former politician. He is the founder of the Centre of United Actions, a Ukrainian NGO that promotes democratic change through analysis of state and local policymaking and citizen engagement in the policy process. In 2011, he played a significant role in the emergence of the CHESNO movement, which promoted the advancement of fair election processes through critical evaluation of Ukrainian legislators. Prior to his work in civil society, Mr. Rybachuk was a public servant for several years. In 2005 he served as the Deputy Prime Minister on European Integration and was then appointed to the post of Secretary of the Political Council in 2006. From 2005 to 2006 worked in the role of Chief of Staff to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. During his fellowship, Mr. Rybachuk plans to gather accurate and timely information about the situation in Ukraine and disseminate that information as widely as possible in order to inform the public about the war. He will also seek to amplify the voices of Ukrainians who have experienced firsthand the violence at home to elevate a call to action to the international community.
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