Maxim Eristavi, a co-founder of Hromadske International, is one of the most well-known English-speaking journalists stationed in Ukraine. In 2014, Eristavi co-founded Hromadske International, an independent start-up news outlet that seeks to combine news analysis, high-quality journalism in English and Russian languages, and new media tools to fill perceived gaps in news coverage of Central and Eastern Europe. Eristavi, who began his career working as a news reporter for Radio Free Europe, has been featured as a contributor to BBC, CNN International, Al-Jazeera America, HuffPost TV, Reuters, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and Politico. He is the only openly gay journalist in Ukraine and has been an outspoken voice in raising civil rights issues of the region abroad. Eristavi is a 2015 Poynter fellow at Yale University with a focus on informational wars and pan-regional LGBTI civil rights movements.