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Died writer Irina Ratushinskaya

Wednesday, July 5, in Moscow on 64-m to year of life has died the writer Irina Ratushinskaya, reports APN.

Irina Ratushinskaya was born in Odessa on March 4, 1954. Graduated from physical faculty of the Odessa University. In 1979 moved to her husband in Kiev. First published in the magazine «the Verge» (1982).

17 September 1982, arrested on 3 March 1983 and sentenced under article 62 of the criminal code of the Ukrainian SSR («anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda»), was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.

The years spent in a women’s penal colony for «especially dangerous state criminals» in Mordovia, described in his autobiography «Grey is the colour of hope». In the penal colony, Irina continued to write poetry and gave them into the wild. In absentia was adopted in the international PEN club.

4 Oct 1986 in accordance with the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR he was released early from further serving his sentence.

After the liberation Ratushinskaya Irina and her husband Igor Geraschenko left the Soviet Union and declared that they did not intend to return to the USSR «as long as the Soviet authorities are violating human rights.» They called on Western countries to establish «an international Tribunal to put pressure on the Soviet Union and other socialist countries in the field of human rights». On 14 may 1987 Ratushinskaya and Gerashchenko were deprived of Soviet citizenship (returned 15 August 1990).

Irina has taught at the University of Chicago.

In the late 1990-ies Ratushinskaya was granted Russian citizenship without the legally required provisional refusal from the British. Since 1998, she lived in Moscow. He wrote the screenplays for several TV series, including «the adventures of Mukhtar», «taxi driver», «Airport», «barrister». Was literary editor of the series «My fair nanny».

Died writer Irina Ratushinskaya 06.07.2017

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