Alexandra Elbakyan

Alexandra Elbakyan

Alexandra Elbakyan

Elbakyan in 2010 at Harvard University in the United States
Born (1988-11-06) November 6, 1988
Almaty, Kazakh SSR, USSR
Fields Neural engineering
Alma mater Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University
Known for Creating Sci-hub

Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan (Russian: Алекса́ндра Аса́новна Элбакя́н[1]) is a Kazakhstani graduate student,[2] computer programmer and the creator of the site Sci-Hub.[3] The New York Times has compared her to Edward Snowden for leaking information and because she avoids American law by residing in Russia.[4] Ars Technica has compared her to Aaron Swartz.[5]


Elbakyan was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 6 November, 1988.[6] She is of Armenian, Slavic and Asian descent.[7] Elbakyan undertook university studies in Astana, where she developed skills in computer hacking. A year working in computer security in Moscow gave her the money to proceed to Freiburg in 2010 to work on a brain-computer interface project, and she developed an interest in transhumanism, which led her to a summer internship at Georgia Institute of Technology in the US. She began Sci-Hub on her return to Kazakhstan in 2011, characterised by Science as 'an awe-inspiring act of altruism or a massive criminal enterprise, depending on whom you ask'.[8] Following a lawsuit brought in the US by the publisher Elsevier, Elbakyan is presently in hiding due to the risk of extradition.[9] According to a 2016 interview, her neuroscience research is on hold, but she has enrolled in a history of science master’s program at a “small private university” in an undisclosed location. Her thesis focuses on scientific communication.[8]

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  2. Rosenwald, Michael S. (30 March 2016). "This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they're free.". Washington Post.
  3. Dylla, H. Frederick (2016-03-21). "No need for researchers to break the law to access scientific publications". Physics Today. doi:10.1063/PT.5.2031. ISSN 0031-9228.
  4. Murphy, Kate (2016-03-12). "Should All Research Papers Be Free?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  5. Kravets, David (3 April 2016). "A spiritual successor to Aaron Swartz is angering publishers all over again". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. "Alexandra Elbakyan". (in Russian). Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. "Alexandra Elbakyan". 19 February 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  8. 1 2 Bohannon, John (29 April 2016). "The frustrated science student behind Sci-Hub". Science. 352 (6285). doi:10.1126/science.aaf5675.
  9. Bohannon, John (29 April 2016). "Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone". Science. 352 (6285): 508–512. doi:10.1126/science.aaf5664.

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