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Anastasiya Zhyrmont

Policy Manager (Eastern Europe & Central Asia)

Anastasiya spearheads Access Now's Eastern Europe & Central Asia policy work, building coalitions, influencing key stakeholders, and bringing digital rights issues in restrictive environments into the international spotlight. Anastasiya previously worked as an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and currently serves as a board member for Inclusion Europe and explores solutions and technologies to promote inclusive education and independent living. Anastasiya holds a bachelor’s degree in international law from the European Humanities University and an LLM from the University of Amsterdam, where she dedicated both of her theses to new privacy challenges such as live facial recognition technology and the right to be forgotten.
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Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech

28 May 2024

Through an open letter, Access Now and over 20 Russian and international civil society organizations are urging YouTube and its parent company Google to not help the Kremlin censor Russian independent media and human rights organizations. 

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Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
28 May 2024
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
Togolaises élections

Russia’s elections: internet access is fundamental

14 Mar 2024

To uphold a semblance of democracy on and after polling day, Russian authorities must ensure open and secure internet access across Russia.

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Russia’s elections: internet access is fundamental
14 Mar 2024
Russia’s elections: internet access is fundamental
Togo elections internet access

#KeepItOn: Russian authorities and ISPs must safeguard free, open, and secure internet access during upcoming presidential elections

14 Mar 2024

During important national events, people need open, free, and secure internet access. Russia must #KeepItOn.

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#KeepItOn: Russian authorities and ISPs must safeguard free, open, and secure internet access during upcoming presidential elections
14 Mar 2024
#KeepItOn: Russian authorities and ISPs must safeguard free, open, and secure internet access during upcoming presidential elections
Belarus must keep it on!

A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections

21 Feb 2024
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A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections
21 Feb 2024
A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections
Togolaises élections

#KeepItOn: A1 Telekom Austria Group must resist internet shutdowns and share shutdown requests 

21 Feb 2024

The #KeepItOn coalition urges A1 Telekom to publicly support free, open, and secure internet access for the people of Belarus throughout the elections.

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#KeepItOn: A1 Telekom Austria Group must resist internet shutdowns and share shutdown requests 
21 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: A1 Telekom Austria Group must resist internet shutdowns and share shutdown requests 
Togo elections internet access

Azerbaijani government and telcos must #KeepItOn during presidential elections

5 Feb 2024

Access Now is calling on the government of Azerbaijan to ensure unrestricted access to the internet throughout the election. 

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Azerbaijani government and telcos must #KeepItOn during presidential elections
5 Feb 2024
Azerbaijani government and telcos must #KeepItOn during presidential elections
Togolaises élections

#KeepItOn: government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and internet service providers must  maintain free, open, and secure internet access throughout upcoming elections

5 Feb 2024

The government of Azerbaijan must ensure people can access open and secure internet when they need it the most and #KeepItOn.

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#KeepItOn: government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and internet service providers must  maintain free, open, and secure internet access throughout upcoming elections
5 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and internet service providers must  maintain free, open, and secure internet access throughout upcoming elections
A new investigation by Access Now and Citizen Lab reveals first-time use of Pegasus spyware against a Russian journalist.

Exiled media under attack: Access Now documents first-time use of Pegasus against Russian journalist

13 Sep 2023

A new investigation by Access Now and Citizen Lab reveals first-time use of Pegasus spyware against exiled Russian media.

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Exiled media under attack: Access Now documents first-time use of Pegasus against Russian journalist
13 Sep 2023
Exiled media under attack: Access Now documents first-time use of Pegasus against Russian journalist
Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition's report unpacks internet shutdowns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and globally.

Internet shutdowns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: attacks on human rights

27 Apr 2023

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition’s report unpacks internet shutdowns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and globally.

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Internet shutdowns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: attacks on human rights
27 Apr 2023
Internet shutdowns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: attacks on human rights
#KeepItOn during elections

Armenian law must prohibit internet shutdowns, not enshrine them

11 Apr 2023

The government of Armenia must immediately scrap any attempt to legitimize internet shutdowns and attacks on freedom of expression.

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Armenian law must prohibit internet shutdowns, not enshrine them
11 Apr 2023
Armenian law must prohibit internet shutdowns, not enshrine them