Sergii Leshchenko (Ukraine), Member of Parliament and Journalist
Sergii Leshchenko is a Kyiv-based journalist, blogger, and press freedom activist elected in 2014 as Member of Ukrainian Parliament. He is currently a member of the Parliamentary committee on corruption prevention. From 2000 up to 2014 he worked for Ukrainska Pravda, where he specialized in anti-corruption investigations and other political reporting. He helped to launch the «Stop Censorship!» movement in 2010 and «Chesno» campaign that called for transparency in Parliament. In 2011, Poland’s Foundation of Reporters recognized Mr. Leshchenko as the best journalist within the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Most recently, in 2013, Mr. Leshchenko was awarded a Press Prize by the Norwegian Fritt Ord Foundation and the German ZEIT Foundation. In 2012, he was awarded a John Smith Fellowship, and in 2013 he was awarded a Draper-Hills Fellowship in Stanford University. Sergii Leshchenko was Reagan-Fascell Fellow in Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy in 2013-2014.
Leshchenko was selected as one of Reporters Without Borders’ “100 Information Heroes-2014″. In 2014 he was honoured with the NDI’s Democracy Award. He is the author of two books: ‘The American Saga of Pavlo Lazarenko’ and ‘Mezhygirya Syndrom of Viktor Yanukovych’. In 2015 Sergii Leshchenko started a lecture course on journalism in Lviv-based Ukrainian Catholic University.