A law graduate and an award-winning journalist, Myroslava Gongadze has continued to work for justice in the murder case of her husband, Georgiy Gongadze, who was murdered in 2000. A tireless campaigner for human rights and media freedoms, Myroslava’s husband journalist Georgiy Gongadze, was abducted and murdered in 2000. Since then she has been a prominent advocate for freedom of the press and protection of the safety of reporters in the Ukraine.
Although three former police officers were found guilty in the case, still the question remains. Who was the person that ordered the attacks in the first place? Until this is answered, justice won’t be properly served to the Gongadze family.
Born in Berezhany, Ukraine, Myroslava was granted political asylum in the US in 2001 following the murder of her husband, the high-profile investigative journalist Gongadze.
This grieved widow has been tirelessly advocating for the rights of her husband and the whole community of journalists for the past 15 years.
In 2012, Myroslava went to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that her right to a fair trial had been violated. Her claim was that the Supreme Court of Ukraine violated her right to a fair trial when it upheld former President Leonid Kuchma’s acquittal of murder charges. The Supreme Court had turned down the Prosecutor General’s Office appeal and validated the appeals court's decision to clear President Kuchma of charges of involvement in Gongadze’s murder in 2000.
On November 2005, the European Court of Human Rights passed its judgment in favor of the late journalist's widow. The court had awarded the applicant 100,000 Euros in respect of pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages.
She has upheld her career along with her continual efforts to provide justice to her deceased husband. She has been a team leader and long-time host of Chas-Time, a daily 15-minute news program focusing on global affairs and U.S.-Ukraine relations. She has been instrumental in modeling democratic media norms and helping Ukrainians better understand US policy towards their country.
44-year-old Myroslava has won numerous journalism awards, including an award for her reporting on the eve of the Orange Revolution of Ukraine.
She currently lives in Washington with the couple’s twin daughters, Solomiya and Nana. However, it has been rumored that she still possesses properties to her name in her hometown and added several more with her handsome salary and earning as a professional and highly skilled journalist and advocate. Her net worth is estimated to be around $10 million.