Michael Savva


I am a specialist in the examination of political motives of criminal prosecution and project evaluation. Candidate of Sociological Sciences, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor. Published about two hundred scientific papers, including in European and Japanese journals. The nineties of the last century spent
in the civil service in Russia, then transferred
to the public sector and the university.
In 2013 – a political prisoner from the Memorial list, since 2015 – in exile. I cooperate with lawyers from different countries, non-governmental organizations and the Free University.


For whom

For whom

I work for two groups of people.

The first is those who have left Russia, Belarus and other dangerous countries and are looking for asylum, or have come under a request from the “historical homeland” for extradition. As a rule, it is difficult for the migration service or the judge to determine whether a person was really persecuted for political reasons. If so, then they give refugee status or refuse to extradite. But political motives need to be convincingly proven, in which expert opinion helps. I prepared the first such conclusion in 2015. I cooperate with human rights organizations and lawyers from Russia, Ukraine and many other countries.

I need political analytics precisely in order to understand the motives of the persecution of people by totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

The second is the teams that carry out social projects. I have been working in the non-profit sector for over 20 years and have been evaluating

projects like this. As an independent expert, I evaluate projects of various organizations, as well as develop monitoring and evaluation systems and teach this in trainings. Since 2015 I have been a member of the Board of the Ukrainian Association for the Evaluation of Strategies, Programs and Projects.

Mikhail Savva, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Chairman of the Board of the public organization “Expert Group «SOVA»”


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