Yury Terekhov from Russia

My passion for travelling, international affairs, and human rights shaped my strong desire to become a professional in this field. Winning the All-Russia competition in history gave me access to studying International Relations and Regional Studies at MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations). This introduced me to a wide range of disciplines related to the Public Policy and Diplomacy, International Law and Economics as well as Pashto and Dari languages, making me an expert on Afghanistan and Central Asia.

After graduating, I took part in the various elections as an observer in Russia and Ukraine, participated in the organization of election campaigns. In 2013, I became an editor of one of the few independent Russian outlets RuFabula, promoting peace, civil liberties, market economy and European values, criticizing authoritarian policies abroad and at home. Four years later, the website was blocked by the Russian internet regulator without a proper explanation.

In 2015 I successfully completed the Master program “MA in International Relations: Europe in the Visegrad Perspective”. This program sponsored by the Visegrad Fund was a Joint Degree of the Jagiellonian University, Masaryk University, Pecs University and Matej Bel University. I am proud to be one of the pioneers of this unique program, which gave me a broad insight of the whole region of Central and Eastern Europe, its politics, economy and foreign relations.

After the graduation, I was selected for the 3-months internship at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC at their Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. I did foreign policy research and reporting, organized events and upgraded my qualification under the supervision of Andrei Illarionov – a prominent Russian economist and politician. Right after that, I was offered the Atlas Corps Fellowship and served at the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry in Washington, DC, where I continued doing policy research, focusing on human rights and combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states.

Currently, I am a member of the Forum of Free Russia - an organization founded by Garry Kasparov and Andrei Illarionov in Vilnius, Lithuania, to support liberty initiatives in Russia and among the Russian diaspora and to elaborate tools and scenarios of democratic transit in my country.

My dream is to become a high-level expert in international affairs, human rights advocacy and media. I am encouraged and excited by the chance of becoming a part of Project Arizona because I am aware of its adherence to the principles of personal and economic freedoms. I believe that it will help me to learn more about the work of institutions in a free state and a free society and do the work I am familiar with, trained for and personally interested in. I have no doubt that it will help me to realize my full potential and take pride in the work I am doing, to contribute in making my country free and peace-loving part of a global and European community.

And by the way, American Southwest is absolutely awesome and is my favorite part of the U.S.!

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