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Gennadiy Druzenko

Gennadiy Druzenko (Aaron Cain, WFIU)

Gennadiy Druzenko is a constitutional lawyer, politician, and activist from Ukraine, where war lead by Russian-backed separatists has been going on since 2014.

Shortly after that conflict began, Gennadiy Druzenko co-founded the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital, a non-governmental organization which provides medical care in the conflict zone to Ukrainian servicepersons and civilians. For its first four years of activity, the Mobile Hospital has provided medical care for more than 50,000 patients.

Gennadiy Druzenko is also Director for Central and Eastern Europe of Williams WorldWide Group. He was a Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., and a Research Fellow at the at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

Druzenko worked for the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine as a deputy director of the European and Comparative Law Center from 2001 to 2004 and for Ukrainian Parliament as the head of staff of the Committee on European Integration from 2010 to 2011.

He is also involved in redrafting the Ukrainian Constitution, a process initiated by Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine and current front-runner in its next presidential election on March 31.

Druzenko was recently hosted by Indiana University's Center for Constitutional Democracy. He brought a collection of original, orthodox icons—hand-painted on repurposed ammo boxes—to be displayed and sold as part of a fundraiser for the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital.

While he was here, Gennadiy Druzenko joined IU Geography Professor Elizabeth Cullen Dunn for a conversation in the WFIU studios.

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