About Albina Kovalyova

Albina Kovalyova - Journalist & Film Director
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Albina Kovalyova is an award-nominated documentary producer and director specialising in telling compelling human stories from Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Her documentaries have taken her from Russia’s high Arctic to the battlefields of Eastern Ukraine and Kazakhstan’s border with China. She has covered the hidden epidemic of domestic violence in Russia, Ukraine’s HIV crisis, and been behind the scenes with democracy activists in Belarus.

Her unique understanding of the region and empathy for her subjects has helped her create films that combine journalistic excellence and human warmth.

Her film BBC World News film Ukraine’s Frontline Bakery was nominated for the One World Award in 2018.

Albina has also worked on documentary projects with NBC and Channel 4 News.

Albina was born in Russia, and grew up in the United States and Britain. She spent over 10 years as a Moscow-based television news producer and reporter, travelling widely in Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet republics and covering major news stories for international media including NBC News, Channel 4 and Associated Press.

Her current projects include a documentary for BBC World about civilian life in East Ukraine, and a documentary about the artist Alisa Groshenina, an emerging Russian talent whose work captures the dying world of Russia’s rural villages.

She lives in London with her family.