Yulia Gorbunova is Russia researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division. She has most recently covered the crisis in Ukraine, where she worked extensively covering the war in the east and abuses in Crimea. A lawyer by training, she worked for Human Rights Watch in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus on a range of issues, including human rights in armed conflict, refugee rights, political repression, freedom of assembly, association, and speech. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Gorbunova worked for a Sydney-based law firm that represented asylum seekers and refugees and the Disability Rights Fund, a grant-making organization in Boston. Gorbunova holds a master’s degree in professional communications from the University of Western Sydney and a bachelor's in law from Tyumen State University in Russia, with a focus on criminal law and international law. She speaks English and Russian.