By Julia Barton ⋅ May 22, 2012
Like her country, Olena Koshil has been running non-stop for 20 years. At only 32, she manages a TV production company in Kiev. She speaks several languages and has been working in national TV since she was a teenager. In 2004, like many other urban professionals, she became involved in the political upheavals known as the Orange Revolution.
When researcher Steve Swerdlow was on the ground in Uzbekistan in late 2010, Human Rights Watch got a rare glimpse into this isolated, repressive regime. Courageous lawyers, torture victims and their relatives took great risks to tell their stories in a series of audio interviews. Soon after, Human Rights Watch was effectively expelled from the country.