Irena Chalupa 

Nonresident Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

Irena Chalupa

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  • May 26, 2016
    “I’ve been in a prison cell for two years, I’m not used to people, so I am sorry if I sound harsh,” said Nadiya Savchenko as throngs of journalists and well-wishers crowded around her at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport on May
  • December 08, 2015
    As I was walking up Kyiv's colorful Andriyivsky descent on December 6, three explosions pierced the quiet evening. No one stopped examining the myriad souvenirs on sale in the booths lining the street, no one showed any fear or ran
  • October 21, 2015
    People are more important than political interests. This party will never betray you. Fair wages and pensions. People, not politicians. Let's unite for Ukraine! Order and justice.These are just a few of the messages blaring at Kyiv residents from billboards.
  • October 07, 2015
    What Russia hoped would be a small, victorious war has turned into the "geostrategic disaster of a new cold war," writes Volodymyr Horbulin, a respected foreign policy analyst currently advising Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.In an article in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, Horbulin
  • July 31, 2015
    Nadiya Savchenko, Ukraine's most famous female military officer, has languished in a Moscow prison for more than a year since Moscow-backed separatists captured her in eastern Ukraine last June and smuggled across the border to Russia shackled, her head covered
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Irena Chalupa is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. She is also a senior correspondent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), where she has worked for more than twenty years. Ms. Chalupa previously served as an editor for the Atlantic Council, where she covered Ukraine and Eastern Europe. She is a frequent contributor to the Atlantic Council's biweekly Ukraine Alert.

During her tenure as director of the Ukrainian Language Service, she oversaw the launch of the Service's revamped web site, established broadcast partnerships with Ukrainian public and private broadcasters, and oversaw training and internship programs aimed at supporting independent and responsible journalism. Her long career with RFE/RL featured postings in Munich, Kyiv, Prague, and Washington, DC.