Katerina Tertytchnaya

Principal Investigator

I am the Principal Investigator of the project. I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. I hold a DPhil in Politics and an MPhil in Russian East-European Studies from the University of Oxford. Before joining Oxford, I was an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at UCL.
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Maksim Zubok

Research Associate

I am a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, researching deep learning applications for political science. I hold an MPhil in European Politics and Society from Oxford and a BA in politics and sociology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. In the project, I am working on collecting public opinion data and analysing reporting on protest events with natural language processing tools.

Madeleine Tiratsoo

Research Associate

I graduated from UCL SSEES with a Master's degree in Russian Studies in 2020, having previously studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and having worked as a translator and teacher in Russia. I now work as a Research Assistant alongside work for local government. I’ll be working on coding protest-related data for the project, as well as helping develop codebooks.

Evgeniya Mitrokhina

Research Associate

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I write my dissertation about transparency initiatives in autocracies. Prior to joining UW-Madison, I studied political science and sociology and worked as a research assistant at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In the project I am responsible for designing, fielding, and analysing opinion surveys.


  • Kristin Bakke Professor of Political Science and International Relations, UCL
  • Anita Gohdes Professor of International and Cyber Security, Hertie School
  • Tomila Lankina Professor of Politics and international Relations, LSE International Relations Department
  • Benjamin Lauderdale Professor of Political Science, UCL
  • Maria Popova Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, McGill University
  • Regina Smyth Professor of Political Science, Indiana University