Class of 2013-2014
is a regional political and business editor from Russia’s northwest Vologda region who is fulfilling his Fellowship with RFE/RL’s Russian Language Service. Among his accomplishments during the Fellowship, he has pioneered a weekly radio show called “Russia in Motion,” which reports on grassroots movements -- from veterans movements, to soccer fan clubs, to independent labor unions -- in small towns across Russia. Previously, Beliaev was a co-editor and presenter of the daily news talk show “Agenda” on Vologda’s Radio Premier, and was a commentator on regional politics and economics for Premier’s print edition. He also contributed to several regional magazines, including "Business and Power" and "Parliamentary Dialogue." Over the last six years, he has held numerous other editorial positions with online, radio and print outlets, providing a rare independent perspective in a region overwhelmingly controlled by State-run media. Beliaev studied philology at the Vologda State Pedagogical University. He is a native of Vologda, a province in northwestern Russia and, in addition to Russian, speaks English.
, a journalist with extensive experience reporting on politics and cultures East and West, is fulfilling his Fellowship in Prague with RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir Language Service. During his Fellowship, he has reported on the Crimean Tartar minority in Ukraine and ethnic politics in the Russian Federation. Previously, Gabidullin worked as a news reporter for Kazan’s Tartar-language TNV television channel. During 2011 - 2012 he lived and worked in Turkey, where he freelanced for several media outets in Tatarstan on issues relating to politics, culture and minority rights. He has also reported from Syria, Egypt and Iran. Gabidullin started his journalistic career in 2009, covering politics and economics for Kazan’s “Shahri” newspaper. He has a Masters degree in Journalism from Turkey’s Marmara University, and is currently studying journalism at Kazan Federal University, where he received a degree in Oriental Studies in 2010. A native of of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, Gabidullin has command of several languages in addition to Tatar, including Russian, Turkish, Arabic and English.
is an investigative journalist in Ukraine who is fulfilling her Fellowship with RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Language Service. During her Fellowship, she reported actively on the country's "Euromaidan" protests, and was among the first journalists to gain access to former President Viktor Yanukovych's residence and report on troves of secret documents found there. From 2012-2013, Sedletska produced and anchored “Tender News,” a hard-hitting program on corruption and public procurement on Kyiv’s TVi channel. From 2009 - 2012 she was a special correspondent for another investigative program on TVi, and contributed to the English-language service of Iran’s Press TV. She began working as a journalist in 2005, covering Ukrainian parliament, politics, social and youth issues for several television and online outlets. Sedletska has won top awards for her reporting from the Ukrainian Center for Political Studies and Analysis in February 2013 and from the US Embassy in 2012. She is a member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and the “Stop Censorship” journalism movement in Ukraine. She has a Masters degree from the Institute of Journalism at Kyiv National University. She is a native of Ukraine and, in addition to Ukrainian, speaks Russian and English.