Nikita Kulachenkov is a forensic accountant and political activist fighting against corruption in the Russian government. In 2013, he served as a principal investigator at the Anti-Corruption Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Moscow and founded in 2011 by Alexey Navalny. In 2016, Kulachenkov was detained at an airport in Cyprus and targeted by Russian authorities. His parents’ apartment in Moscow was raided by police in connection to a photograph authorities claimed had been stolen in the city of Vladimir, an accusation widely believed to be politically motivated. This form of political targeting forced Kulchanekov to relocate to Lithuania, where he sought asylum. He continues to be politically active today, and is a member of the investigations team at the Anti-Corruption Foundation.
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