|Born||28 October 1978|
Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Krai
|Alma mater||Moscow State University|
|Subject||Politics, freedom of the press, human rights, social issues|
|Notable awards||Golden Pen of Russia |
Elena Milashina (Russian: Милашина, Елена; born 1978) is a Russian investigative journalist for Novaya Gazeta. In October 2009, she was awarded Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.
Elena Milashina was born on October 28, 1977 in the city of Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Krai. She studied at a school in the city of Amursk. In 1994–95, she took part in the FLEX exchange program, this helped her to further enter the Moscow State University.
In 1997, Elena Milashina began working as a reporter and journalist for Novaya Gazeta, while studying at the same time. One of her mentors was Anna Politkovskaya. In 2000, Elena Milashina published a series of materials on the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster, for which she received the Golden Pen of Russia award from the Journalists Union of Russia in the Journalistic Investigations category. In 2001 she graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University.
The areas of professional interest of Elena Milashina include corruption, human rights violations in the North Caucasus and Chechnya, in particular, the investigation of the terrorist act in Beslan (2004), the murders of Anna Politkovskaya (2006) and Natalya Estemirova (2009), and the conflict in South Ossetia (2008). In October 2009, Elena Milashina became the laureate of the annual prize of the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch .
While visiting Grozny, Chechnya on February 6, 2020, to attend a trial, Milashina and human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina were attacked and beaten by unknown female assailants at the lobby of the Kontinental hotel.
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