Kharkiv
Kharkiv

Rashyd was born and raised in Kharkiv. He is studying the Foreign Languages at the Karazin National University. In the fall of 2018 he got a splendid opportunity to observe the mid-term elections in the USA and bring the experience he gained to Ukraine. He joined the organization in the summer of 2019.

Rashyd Bilalov
Kharkiv

Valentina grew up in Kremenchug, where she spent her childhood. She has been studying “”Computer Engineering”” at the National Technical University “”Kharkiv Politechnical Institute”” since 2016. she has been actively involved in volunteer work and participates in a lot of youth development projects in Kharkiv and Ukraine since the end of 2018. In 2019, as part of the team, she won in the local competition “”The League of Enlightened Youth”” and their social project ‘Find Yourself’ was funded by government and sponsors.
Also since 2019 she has joined the libertarian movement and she is actively engaged in introducing young people to the ideas of libertarianism and the importance of being aware of the concepts of the political world

Valentine Shapoval
Kharkiv

Serhii was born and raised in Kharkiv, now he is a student faculty of sociology at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. His field of study is crime and migration. He participates actively in scientific conferences and educational events. Also, among the hobbies of Serhii, an important place is occupied by the history of Ukraine and political science.

His first faced with the ideas of libertarianism was in 2018 through the Internet. This went hand in hand with an interest in the study of modern leftist movements in the US and the EU. This helped Serhii to be convinced of the fallacy of an approach that places ephemeral «justice» above freedom and to become a sympathizer of classical liberalism.

Serhii Masalitin
Kharkiv

Serhii was born and raised in Horishni Plavni, Poltava region, where he studied at school. Since 2017 he have been styding at the faculty of advocacy of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, where he was the head of the council of students of the faculty, and now he is the memver of SEC of the university. Since 2018 he is a legal advisor of NGO «Young Agents of Change». In 2019 he joined Ukrainian Students for Freedom. He is an LGBT+ activist, and he makes researches on excess to justice for LGBT+ people, he is a volunteer of KyivPride and KharkivPride.

Serhii Pazyi
Kharkiv

Anastasia was born in the city of Kharkov, where she studies at V. N. KARAZIN Kharkiv National University since 2017 in the direction of «History and archeology». Since the beginning of 2018, she has been active in life regarding youth activities, therefore she was a member of two public organizations – AIESEC (from March to October 2018) and Volunesians Ukraine (from May 2019). She joined the libertarian movement in August 2019, cause of taking part in the leadership program.

Anastasia Kovaleva
Kharkiv

Bogdan grew up in the town of Schastye, but for several years considers himself a Kharkiv citizen. He is a 3rd year student at the Faculty of History at KNU. V.N. Karazin. Engaged in volunteering, social activities and design work in the Youth Council of Kharkov. He learned about USF from a friend who became interested in the leadership program.

Bogdan Lepitsky
Kharkiv

Tatyana is a member of the Kharkiv branch of the USL in the late summer of 2018. She was born in the Tokmak city of Zaporizhzhya region, however, she grew up in Kharkiv and since 2016 has been studying at Karazin Kharkiv National University at the Faculty of Economics in the specialty “International Economics”. Tetiana joined the organization after passing the final stage of the leadership program and participating in the first national congress of the Ukrainian Students For Liberty in August 23-26, 2018.

Nazaruk Tatyana
Kharkiv

Taras is second-year student at KhPI, where he study “AI systems” and develops neural networks. He is part of active youth, often works as volunteer, interested in marketing, psychology and entrepreneurship. He became interested in libertarianism in the summer of 2018 during a 3000-kilometer hitchhiking trip across Europe, during which he have been reading book “Why nations fail” and actively communicating with the local. Three days after arriving to Ukraine, he fell into the USL leadership program and now he is the coordinator of the Kharkiv branch.

Taras Pogrebnyak
Kharkiv

Kristina was born and raised in the town of Kropivnitsky, where she graduated from school. Upon joining the university, she moved to Kharkiv. She is currently studying at the second course of the Faculty of Psychology of the Kharkiv National University of V.N. Karazin She joined the Libertarian movement in the summer of 2018, when in August she were selected for the Leadership Program took place in Vinnytsia. In 2018, along with her team, she received a grant from the EU and UNICEF for the project – a new generation of consulting psychological center in Kharkiv. Also since 2018 she is a member of the international organization Ukrainian Students For Liberty.

Kristina Gaidai
Kharkiv

Max is a studies political science at Karazin Kharkiv National University. For the first time, he learned in detail and embraced the ideas of libertarianism during the Free Generation Forum 2016, when he realized that this ideology adhered to the principles that he was supportive of. In July 2017 he joined the Ukrainian Students for Freedom. At this moment, Max heads the Kharkiv branch of the organization.
On the USF: «Ukrainian Students for Freedom is one of the few organizations in Ukraine that promotes and offers genuine effective mechanisms for changing the state and society for the better. Briefly, we stand for the rational freedom of everyone, but for the freedom that is associated with autonomy, responsibility and respect for others. That’s why I’m with the USF.»

Max Shyrochenkov
Kharkiv

Julia is the secretary of the Kharkiv branch of the Ukrainian Students for Freedom. She is currently International Law and Political Science student. Julia studies in the National Law University and Karazin Kharkiv National University. She started to be interested in the ideas of libertarianism after joining the university, but the main reason for joining movement was the Free Generation Forum 2016. She is now proud to be a part of the Ukrainian Students for Freedom.
On Students For Freedom: «I’m sure that libertarianism is not an ideology, but a lifestyle. Ideas of freedom are not imposed values for me, but a meaningful choice. Therefore, when there was an opportunity to join the Ukrainian Students for Freedom, I didn’t doubt a moment».

Julia Kurochkina
Владислав Мовчан
Kharkiv

Vladislav was born in the village of Novovorontsovka, Kherson region, where he grew up and finished school. Since 2019 he has been studying at the National Aerospace University “KHAI” with a degree in “Cyber Security”. In 2020 he joined the organization Ukrainian Students for Freedom.

I am convinced that the students who joined the USS are the driving force that will be able to show the Ukrainian people that in our country you can feel like a truly free person.

Vladislav Movchan
Денис Волоха
Kharkiv

Born there and living here (that’s how this guy is telling it on his Facebook), he’s now working for Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group as a journalist. The KHPG Director Yevhen Zakharov tells that when Denys came to the office to have a job interview at the end of 2018, he reminded him of an old article of an American lawyer James A. Goldstone where it was said that human rights lawyers, they’re insane. In 2017 Denys had started school in Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, where then became an editor of the independent student medium KHPI Online, and won a court case against the university. In 2019 becomes a student of Yaroslav Mudryi Law University. Took some Digital Marketing courses at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2020.

“I do not have so much to say here, but the seeking the freedom of those guys and girls, as well as their Americanness, — these are things that I like ’bout all this party”.

Denys Volokha
Гуобадиа Ефоса Марк
Kharkiv

Efosa grew up in the city of Kharkiv, where he graduated from high school, studying at the Kharkiv Patent and Computer College in the speciality “Maintenance of computer systems and networks”, after which he entered the Kharkiv Aviation Institute in the speciality “Computer Science”, graduating with honours. During his studies, he participated in many competitions, completed an internship with Huawei in China, studied under the Erasmus+ program in Italy, and is also a scholar of the Chinese government. In 2020, he became part of the USF and an active participant in the life of the Kharkiv branch.

USF is a way of expressing my desire for a better future. The ability to work with like-minded people in the same direction is highly valuable in modern society. During my work with USF, I discovered a lot of new things. I was able to promote the ideas of a free and intelligent society among my friends. I saw the result of our actions, which became very important for me. In a few months with the USF, I noticed that we were able to help those who needed it, support those who were trying to intimidate and, in general, make my hometown and Ukraine a little bit better.

 

Guabadia Efosa Mark
Ігор Татаренко
Kharkiv

Ihor was born and raised in Luhansk, but in 2014 he moved from there due to Russia’s war against Ukraine. He graduated from the school in Kharkiv. In 2018, Ihor entered Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. In August 2020, he became a participant of the Leadership Program conducted by the organization. Later Ihor joined Ukrainian Students for Freedom.

I believe that the fundamental value of every individual and society is freedom. In this context, I like the versatility of Ukrainian Students for Freedom members and the approach that created a free atmosphere within the team. I consider liberal reforms necessary for Ukraine, and Ukrainian Students for Freedom are the best and most sincere lobbyist for such changes.

 

Igor Tatarenko
Ольга Салопанова
Kharkiv

Olya grew up in Kharkiv, and since 2018 she has studied at the Polytechnic University, majoring in “Applied Linguistics”. She learned about USF shortly before enrolling in the 2020 Leadership Program, where she joined the libertarian movement in August this year at the Leadership Program.

«USF is hope. When I see people from USF at work, I catch my breath: everyone is motivated to work for change, they know why they are here, they want to make the whole country better. I believe that such a team will be able to achieve any goal, and I am proud to be a part of this movement towards freedom. Eventually, it is freedom that can make people happy and lead them out of poverty into a dignified and prosperous future».

Olga Solapanova
Микита Прошин
Kharkiv

Nikita grew up in the city of Kharkiv, where he graduated from school. Since 2018 he has been studying at Kharkiv National University in the field of Computer Science. He joined the organization in the summer of 2020, when he got on the Leadership Program. An active participant of the social life of his university. He is undergoing an internship in leading Ukrainian companies in analytics and design.

Being able to study together and work with like-minded people is a great treasure. Seeing your efforts change your life for the better and the life of your country is very motivating. And it gives us faith that freedom is the main tool for our prosperity. That’s why every day with USF you feel inspired to do everything to achieve important goals

Mykyta Proshyn
Микита Пєтухов
Kharkiv

Nikita grew up in the city of Kramatorsk, where he received his secondary education. From 2017 to 2021 he studied economics and law at the Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics. He was actively involved in organizing and conducting many university competitions, presentations, speeches and student council. Since 2018 he has been actively involved in public and volunteer activities: participated in the AIESEC, EU Study Days in Ukraine, FRI and Erasmus + programmes. First got acquainted with Ukrainian Students for Freedom in early 2019 at the School of Legislator. After that he started to actively participate in other libertarian events: School of Legislator 2020, Student Model Congress 2020, Leadership Programme 2020 and others.

For me, Ukrainian Students for Freedom is about people, opportunities and inspiration.

People – every active member of this respected organization has not only the passion and desire to stand out but also a lot of experience, knowledge and energy. An important feature is that everyone has their vision and a passionate desire to stand up for it, even if the entire society does not agree. By combining this with critical thinking, you can be a true leader who will lead his or her team to victory. Opportunity –  having a bunch of supporters behind you is much easier and more convenient to change the world than doing it alone. As a part of a group, you bring its values, ideas and culture to bear. Inspiration – it always comes when you see people sitting at the same table with you and debating on some obscure topic, and on the next day, they become political and social leaders. It always leads you to think that you can do and get more than we have now.

 

Mykyta Petuhov
Олександра Петракова
Kharkiv

Oleksandra is a third-generation Kharkiv resident. After graduating from school with honours, in 2018 she entered the Yaroslav Mudryi NLU for a degree in International Law. She learned about USF back in June 2019, after what she excelled at the School of Legislator and took part in the Model of Students’ Congress. She joined the libertarian movement in August 2020 after passing the Leadership Program. In the period from 2018 to 2020, she has created more than 10 scientific publications. Oleksandra is also engaged in copywriting, art and community service.

«I have, perhaps, one of the longest stories of acquaintance with Ukrainian Students for Freedom. For me, USF is about support. These are people after talking to whom you realize that you are capable of more. And the youth of Ukraine is capable of everything: defending their rights, lobbying their interests and influencing issues of national importance! It is a community that is convinced that it’s good where you act good. These are conscious citizens who want to build a country from which young people do not want to leave».

Oleksandra Petrakova
Магран Тата
Kharkiv

Magran was born in Aleppo, Syria, where he graduated from elementary school. In the summer of 2012, due to the civil war, he moved with his family to Ukraine, to his mother’s hometown, Kharkiv. In 2019, after graduating from high school, he entered the speciality “Architecture and Urban Planning” at the Kharkiv National University of Urban Economics named after Beketov. He joined the libertarian movement in 2019, actively communicating in the post-Soviet libertarian community. In the same year, he became a member of the German-Slavic archaeological expedition (KhNU named after VN Karazin) In 2020, he participated in the “School of the Legislator” from the Kharkiv branch of USF. Magran believes that urbanism and architecture can be not only left-wing. He is interested in archaeology, pixel art, animation and urban sketching.

USF is like-minded people, USF is friends, USF is common principles. Although sometimes we may have different opinions on minor things, we are all united by one thing – the desire for freedom.

Magran Tata
Діана Лисенко
Kharkiv

Diana was born and raised in Kharkiv, where she graduated from high school. In 2017, Diana entered the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, where she still holds a bachelor’s degree in Law. She joined the libertarian movement in the summer of 2020 when she successfully passed the selection and entered the Leadership Program held in Vinnytsia region. She celebrated her 20th birthday with USF.

For me, USF is not another extracurricular activity, but a new community where you can discover yourself from a new side. I was thrilled with the discussions about the Air Rand philosophy: they listened to me, and I listened to them. I like USF from opposed sides: simplicity and versatility. You don’t have to be a doctor of philosophy to be heard and respected. It is enough to be an interesting and educated person who will be able to support any topic of conversation with the necessary respect for his colleagues.

Diana Lysenko
Гліб Кращенко
Kharkiv

Glib repeatedly changed and revised his political views thinking about how society should look since his childhood. Later disappointed in the collectivist forms of anarchism, he came to the ideas of libertarianism and classical republicanism. In 2020, he joined the USF to find like-minded people. Gleb is fond of radical political philosophy, neo-institutional economics and guitar playing. Since 2019 He has been studying at the Faculty of Economics of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University majoring in Economics and Economic Policy to conduct research and educational activities in future.

We live in an extremely unfriendly world. We are surrounded by all sorts of hostile creatures like socialists, the Russian Federation, Revenue Service, simple bandits, supporters of Modern Monetary Theory. USF is people who have realized their unenviable position and who are trying to oppose themselves in the face of an aggressive environment that has attempted on our freedom.

 

Glib Krashenko
Данило Горєлов
Kharkiv

Danil was born in a village near Kharkiv, but since childhood, he understood that he did not want to stay there. With this opinion, he entered the city school. During his studying, he participated in various competitions and olympiads. His favourite subjects were mathematics and foreign literature. From five to ten years, he was engaged in ballroom dancing, when he realized that he was no longer attracted to them, Danil decided to go to music school, from which he graduated with distinction. In high school, he participated in a project on professional orientation, during which he got into a computer school and realized that he has a strong desire to develop in the direction of computer technology. That is why, having finished school, he entered KNURE as a computer engineer. In 10th grade, Danil joined the creative competition “The Future of My Community”. According to the results, he took the first place among the school works and the second among the works of the city, which allowed meeting with officials and deputies of local councils of the Kharkiv region. At this meeting, Daniel realized that you do not have to hope for the government and give everything into its hands if you do not like something, if you want to change something in your life, in your city, in your country – everything is in your hands.

What can be better than a like-minded society?

Danil Gorelov
Лизавета Гавенко
Kharkiv

Lyzaveta was born in the beautiful city of Kharkiv in Ukraine. She successfully graduated from Kharkiv Gymnasium No. 82 and entered the well-known technical university of NTU “KhPI” for a promising speciality. She has been a member of USF since the summer of 2020, namely from the wonderful Leadership Program in Vinnytsia.

USF impresses me! Especially its unity and determination. In my opinion, it is definitely the force that will change life in our native Ukraine for the better.

Lizabeth Havenko
Данило Фурсов
Kharkiv

Danilo was born and raised in Ukrainsk, Donetsk region, where he graduated from high school. Since 2019, he has been studying at NTU “KhPI”. He joined the libertarian movement in mid-2020.

When I learned about Ukrainian Students for Freedom, something truly amazing happened, because the combination of freedom and youth is the main force of independent Ukraine. We are the free generation, those who decide what changes will be made in our country.

Danylo Fursov
Андрій Чукаль
Kharkiv

Andrew was born in Uman, where he finished Uman town gymnasia with honours. From 2019 living in Kharkiv, studying in National Law University, studying “International law”. Andrew is an active member of Kharkiv Debra Union from September 2019. Became a part of the libertarian movement in January 2020, because of the interest in the event “School of legislators”. He has been working in an international company since August 2020.

Personally, freedom is something that every person should believe in. The crucial principles are free market, freedom of choice and voice. When you have the rights and obligations that will make some changes, but when you add freedom, this will make the country bloom. USF is the big family where you will discuss, find the truth and become better with the great people. To cut a long story short, we all have to implement to development of our country. We only can change Ukraine for the best when we live here and fight for our rights and ideas right now.

Andrey Chukal
Віталій Романов
Kharkiv

Vitalii grew up in an urban-type settlement in Kharkiv region. He exhibited his programming abilities from an early age, participating in a lot of competitions in computer science, physics, mathematics. Studied at Lviv Polytechnic National University from 2018 to 2019. Currently, Vitalii is a student of Computer Science at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Joined the libertarian movement in 2017, after he discovered ‘Defending the Undefendable’ by Walter Block.

In Ukrainian Students for Freedom, I see the chance for Ukraine to change things for better.  Why do I think so? Modern Ukraine doesn’t have ideologies. We have politicians, who change their “color” during every election, we have parties without any stability in their programs. Namely, Ukrainian politics lacks any understanding of political thought. And that’s why I see the great opportunities that Ukrainian Students for Freedom have: opportunities to teach Ukrainians real politics.

 

Vitaliy Romanov