• Research Associate, Eurasia

Roman Osadchuk

Roman Osadchuk is a research associate for Eurasia at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab).

Roman researches disinformation narratives and technology uses for their spread in the region. He is interested in the role of information policy and media cycle in the disinformation spread. Before joining DFRLab, he held several positions in Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC), where he was involved in communications of decentralization reform and administrative support to the internal operations. As decentralization communication project manager, Roman Osadchuk managed a team of 5 colleagues under larger USAID-funded project. The UCMC team organized two large-scale events for 250+ participants each, several pieces of training for journalists, and a few lower scale outreach projects. He and his team successfully overviewed the production of TV show ‘Hromada on a Million’ that promoted decentralization. It was tuned in by more than 7 million viewers.

Before the manager position at UCMC, Roman worked with grant applications, preparation of national and international workshops, developed communication strategies and preparation of narrative and financial reports.

Roman received a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where he focused on information policy. Roman researched the role of information policy and media cycle in the disinformation spread. He holds master’s and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kryvyi Rih National University, bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dnipro National University, and a master degree in Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

October 2023

Russian War Report: Civilian cafe attacked and a fake Ukrainian news site is exposed

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

A suspicious website impersonating a Ukrainian news agency accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ukrainian leadership of corruption and misusing aid provided by the United States.
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September 2023

Russian War Report: A new recruitment push for fighters from Russia to Hungary

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Russian National Guard and a private Hungarian foreign legion have launched campaigns to recruit soldiers to fight in Ukraine.
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August 2023

How Russian pro-war Telegram channels addressed the Wagner mutiny

by Givi Gigitashvili, Ani Mejlumyan, Roman Osadchuk

Wagner-affiliated Telegram channels saw tremendous growth as some pro-war channels vacillated on which side to support
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