Aleksandra Jolkina is a journalist specialised in investigative reporting with a particular interest in EU and East European affairs. Currently based in Cologne, Germany, she works for the Deutsche Welle and regularly contributes to Latvian media.

Her largest project to date involves an 18-month investigation into “sham” marriages in Ireland between Latvian women and non-EU citizens, supported by In early 2011, she published a book on the issue for a Latvian target group, for which she was nominated as Latvia’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report hero by the United States Embassy to Latvia. She is currently a PhD Candiate in law at Queen Mary, University of London.

Languages: Latvian, Russian, English, German

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Aleksandra Jolkina

Supported projects

Insane Prices

  • Europe
  • Health
  • Science

RIGA - There are important disparities in the price of cancer medicines within the 28 EU member States. New cancer drugs are incredibly expensive for patients in some Eastern member states or simply not available because of shortages.

Latvian Brides, Asian Grooms, British Isles

  • Europe
  • Trafficking

RIGA - Hundreds of women come to Ireland each year to marry non-Europeans – with the sole aim of securing visas for their new husbands. Most of them are from poor Eastern European states such as Latvia and Lithuania, where the offer of a few thousand euros is enough to lure women into such a “sham marriage”.