Stanislav Aseyev is a Donetsk-born Ukrainian writer and journalist. In 2014, under the penname Stanislav Vasin, he published reports in Ukrainian press about the situation on the ground following the outbreak of Russian-sponsored military hostilities in Donbas. Arrested and unlawfully imprisoned by pro-Russian militia forces for “extremism” and “spying” in 2017, Aseyev was held captive and subjected to mistreatment and intermittent torture for over two and a half years. A collection of his dispatches entitledIn Isolation (2018) was published while he was still in captivity. Following his release, Aseyev published an autobiographical work entitled The Torture Camp on Paradise Street (2020), which describes his time in an illegal prison known as "Izoliatsia" and the mistreatment and torture that prisoners experienced there at the hands of the Russian-controlled administration. For his journalistic work in the conflict zone,he received the Norwegian Free Media Award 2020, as well as Ukraine’s National Freedom of Expression Award 2020 and the National Shevchenko Prize 2021. This year, Aseyev also founded Justice Initiative Fund, which gathers information about Russian war crimes in Ukraine to make sure the identified perpetrators face justice.