Olga Startceva works as a lawyer in HR NGO Citizens’ Watch since 2014. She is also a lecturer at the Higher School of Economics, campus in Saint-Petersburg. Her professional interests include the right to a fair trial and anti-discrimination. Olga holds a law degree from the State Khabarovsk Academy of Economics and Law and LL.M. in International Law and Law of International Organisations, specialisation Human Rights from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Most countries including Russia have taken measures to combat coronavirus, and some of these measures have also affected the judicial system. But are they consistent with the country's fair trial obligations under international law?