Katerina Tertytchnaya

Principal Investigator

I am the Principal Investigator of the project. I am an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics and the Deputy Director of Research at the Department of Political Science. I hold a DPhil in Politics and an MPhil in Russian East-European Studies from the University of Oxford. Before joining UCL, I was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a predoctoral fellow at Columbia.
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Yana Otlan

Research Associate

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Los Angeles. I use quantitative text analysis to study international diplomacy and autocratic propaganda. In this project, I will use text-as-data methods to analyse the coverage of domestic and foreign protests in Russian media, opposition discourse on social media, and help develop tools for analysing sentiment.

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.

Yulia Kuzmina

Research Assistant

I hold a BA in Sociology from Saint Petersburg State University (2016), and a Master's degree in Sociology from the European University at Saint Petersburg (2020). I am currently a data analyst in the Center for Advanced Governance, Russia. In this project, I collect media and protest event data, and contribute to developing the text analysis tools to extract info on protest characteristics from protest articles.

Aleksandra Rumiantseva

Research Assistant

I hold an MA in Sociology from the Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg Department, Russia) and Political Science from the European University at St. Petersburg (Russia). I am currently working as a data analyst at the Center for Advanced Governance (Moscow, Russia) and a teaching assistant at the European University at St. Petersburg (Russia). In the project, I will be working on preparing data collection and analysis.


  • 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