Elena Milashina (Russian: Милашина, Елена; born 1978) is a Russian investigative journalist for Novaya Gazeta. In October 2009, she was awarded Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. She continues investigations started by her colleague Anna Politkovskaya, who was assassinated in Moscow in 2006, and her own independent investigations into occurrences in the North Caucasus. In the early morning of April 5, 2012, Milashina, along with her friend Ella Asoyan, was attacked by two unknown assailants in the Balashika neighborhood of Moscow. In 2013, Elena Milashina was given an International Women of Courage Award. While visting Groznyj, Chechnya on Februari 6, 2020, to attend a trial, Milashina and human rights laywer Marina Dubrovina were attacked and beaten by unknown female assailants at the hotel lobby of Kontinental.