Aleksandra Garmazhapova is the President of Free Buryatia Foundation, the first ethnic anti-war movement that emerged in response to Putin's war on Ukraine and inspired dozens of other movements throughout Russia constituting a true ethnic revival.

She is also the architect of the international "Denazification of Russia" campaign, in which representatives of ethnic minorities in Russia share personal stories about their encounters with racism in Russia (,, and

Born in the Republic of Buryatia in 1989, Aleksandra grew up in St. Petersburg. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from St. Petersburg State University and an M.A. in Political Science from the Higher School of Economics (the St. Petersburg campus).

Aleksandra is a print journalist with over 15 years of investigative work. She began her career as an investigative journalist and worked as a political observer in the largest St. Petersburg media and Novaya Gazeta. She was the first journalist who wrote about Yevgeny Prigozhin's "troll factory" ( and

She is the winner of several journalistic awards, including "Zolotoe Pero". She also covered the North Caucasus and was nominated for the Caucasian Journalists Award (