Manannikov v. Russia: the final nail in the coffin of political dissent?

8 July 2022

24 February marked a turning point in modern history: Russia barbarously attacked Ukraine. Apart from other drastic implications, including the expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe, the war set off a new wave of political repression within a country.

Valentina Golunova

Valentina Golunova is a PhD candidate within the Transformative Effects of Globalisation in Law (TEGL) research group and part of the Department of International and European Law. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (Saint Petersburg State University, 2018) and LLM (cum laude) in International and European Law (Tilburg University, 2019).

Valentina's current research interests lie at the intersection of EU fundamental rights and digital transformations. In her PhD project provisionally entitled 'Better safe than sorry? Reconciling monitoring obligations of online service providers with freedom of expression in the era of automated content moderation', she examines how the rise of artificial intelligence transforms the EU intermediary liability framework and challenges freedom of expression and information online. Valentina seeks to show how the growing push for the deployment of algorithms by online platforms could impair effective protection of fundamental rights enjoyed by Internet users. Valentina presented her research in the promotional video by the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL) appeared on the podcast series 'Let's Talk Human Rights'.

Prior to joining Maastricht University, Valentina worked at the human rights NGO Citizens' Watch (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and was a trainee at the Constitutional Court of Russia.