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Alena Popova

Galina Starovoitova Fellow


September 1, 2021 — March 31, 2022

Professional affiliation

Head, Analytical Center, Ethics and Technology

Wilson Center Projects

Protecting Privacy and Autonomy of Voters in the Digital Era

Full Biography

Alena Popova is a social activist and the cofounder of You are not alone project. She is an advocate for women’s rights and social media influencer, best known for her “I didn’t want to die” digital campaign against domestic violence. Alena is also one of the co-authors of the first anti-domestic violence law in Russia. Right now she is coordinating work to pass this bill. More than 900,000 people signed her petition for the adoption of this law.

Alena prepared several other bills to protect women's rights, including the anti-harassment law, the provision of an exclusive paternity leave (use it or lose it) and the establishment of an increased minimum wage for teachers and doctors (traditionally female professions in Russia). She is currently fighting to pass these bills.