Lyubov Sobol is a Russian lawyer, anti-corruption activist, and leader of the pro-democracy movement. In her role at The Fund to Fight Corruption, one of Russia’s largest civil society group, she has investigated multiple cases that resulted in cancelling public solicitations marred by corruption. Aside from her legal work, Sobol is the general producer of “Navalny LIVE”, a YouTube channel with over one million followers that speaks out against the authoritarian regime of President Vladimir Putin. Her influence has sparked some of the biggest anti-government protests in recent years.
In 2019 she ran for a seat in the Moscow City Duma but was illegally removed from the ticket by government authorities. In protest, she went on a hunger strike while helping other independent candidates during the election. She became a powerful symbol of the protest and earned widespread recognition. In October 2019, Sobol was named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most influential and inspirational women.