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Taras Valeriyovych Berezovets (Ukrainian: Тарас Валерійович Березовець) is Ukrainian political analyst, founder of Free Сrimea project (2014), CEO of the Fund for National Strategies (2015), founder of Hybrid Warfare Resistance Bureau (2015), co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute for the Future (2016), external advisor to the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (2016-present) and native of Kerch city.


Berezovets was born on 1 March 1975 in Kerch and in 1982-1987 studied in the school No.12.

In 1992 he graduated the local Korolenko gymnasium.

In 1997 Berezovets finished the Journalism Faculty of Kiev University.

In 2003 he graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (London, UK), becoming the youngest member in RCDS’s history. In 2004 he received MA in International Studies from King's College London.

In 2011 Berezovets was selected to represent Ukraine among young leaders from Central and Eastern Europe in the prestigious John Smith Memorial Trust Programme (UK).

In 2016 he was selected to take part in the Aspen Programme.

During his professional career since 1997 Berezovets has occupied a number of high-level positions. Thus, in 1997-98 as press secretary to the permanent representative of Ukraine’s President in the Ukrainian parliament.

From 1998 to 2005 he worked as an expert at the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine. During his career in the national security field his main focuses were NATO and Russia. In 2006-2010 he worked as PR advisor to then Prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

In 2010 Berezovets started his own consulting business, Berta Communications PLC. Today it is one of Ukraine's leading strategic consulting agencies providing services in political consulting, lobbying, PR and analytical support.

In December 2014, he launched the Free Crimea (FC) project, targeting human rights violations in Crimea by Russian Federation, helping create independent media for Crimea and establishing Ukraine's national security strategy regarding the Crimean question .

In 2016 Berezovets became a TV host at the Chernomorka TV station with Free Crimea show, broadcasting to the Russia-occupied peninsula.

In 2017 he started hosting his own TV show, Political accents, on Channel 24.

Published books

  • Annexation: island Crimea (facebook page)
  • In 2015 he wrote a book titled Annexation: Island of Crimea. Chronicles of the hybrid warfare (it became a best-seller in Ukraine and currently an English translation is being prepared).

    In May 2015, Berezovets presented a white paper at the European Parliament, titled “Black book of occupation of Crimea” - a first of its kind which detailed the situation with human rights, militarization and economic situation on the peninsula.

    In November 2016, Berezovets spoke at a congressional hearing in Washington on the situation in Crimea.


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