Graduating from Moscow State Technical University (Bauman) in 1988 with a degree in engineering, Alla went on to become a leading human rights activist in Russia. In 2013 she joined the Russian civil society movement For Human Rights. Since 2016 Alla has been working as a human rights coordinator at ‘Memorial’ – Russia’s oldest human rights charity.

Alla Frolova has been working extensively with NGOs, human rights centres, and groups of persecuted and convicted activists and individuals, as well as with their relatives. She was actively involved in work of such organisations as Rus’ Sidyashaya [Russia Behind Bars], For Human Rights, the Open Russia Movement, the Public Verdict Foundation and the Committee Against Torture.