Zarina Sautieva is an in-residence fellow with the Democracy Fellowship program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

Zarina is a human rights defender and researcher from Ingushetia, Russia. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations and a master's degree in International Protection of Human Rights. She worked at the human rights organization Stichting Justice Initiative, organizing trainings and workshops, assisting with reports, and addressing severe human rights violations. Zarina is a Former Minority Fellow of the OHCHR Minority Fellowship Programme, advocating for women's rights from ethnic and indigenous communities, language preservation, and human rights in the North Caucasus. She was also a Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Zarina's research focuses on human rights violations in the North Caucasus and civil society formation in Ingushetia.