Kozlovsky, 28, holds B.Sc. in Computer Science from Lomonosov Moscow State University and M.A. in Political Science from the Higher School of Economics (HSE). His master thesis was dedicated to non-violent democratic revolutions in Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine. He is continuing this research in his Ph.D. dissertation at HSE. Kozlovsky is currently a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University) in Washington, DC.
Kozlovsky joined Amnesty International in 2000 and was its Moscow Group’s spokesperson. Later, he was involved with SPS (“Union of Right Forces”) liberal political party and held there various positions including Co-Chairman of SPS Moscow Youth and Member of the party’s Moscow Board.
In 2005, Oleg Kozlovsky co-founded Oborona—a youth grassroots democratic group. He was its Coordinator for 5 years until he voluntary left his post to give way to a new generation of leaders.
Between 2006 and 2009 Oleg Kozlovsky was a member of Executive Committee of the Other Russia coalition, an organizer of some of the nation’s major peaceful protests including Dissenters’ Marches and Strategy 31.
He has been a Member of Federal Board of Solidarnost, the largest opposition democratic organization, since its foundation in 2008.
Oleg Kozlovsky is a co-founder and Director of Vision of Tomorrow Foundation—a non-profit, non-partisan organization aiming to strengthen Russia’s civil society through promotion of new technologies and fostering of a new generation of civic leaders.
For his involvement in the democratic movement Kozlovsky has been arrested dozens of times and served several short terms in jail. In 2006 he was declared persona non grata in Belarus for support of its democratic opposition’s protests. In 2007 Oleg Kozlovsky was illegally drafted into the army with the aim to isolate him until the presidential elections. During one of his detentions in May 2008 he was recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
Kozlovsky campaigns internationally on behalf of the Russian democratic movement. He has discussed its issues with the public, academics, journalists, activists, and decision makers around the world including President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Members of European Parliament.
Oleg Kozlovsky has received the Human Rights Award 2008 from Human Rights First and the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award 2010 from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Daily Beast listed him among the seventeen “World’s Bravest Bloggers” in 2011.
Oleg is married and has a daughter.