Valeriya Novodvorskaya Biography
( Soviet Dissident, Writer and Liberal Politician)
Birthday: May 17, 1950 (Taurus)
Born In: Baranovichi
Valeriya Novodvorskaya was a Russian politician who made a name for herself, at the age of nineteen. A student of French language, she started forming student organizations and trade unions, to fight for the fall of the Communist government in Czechoslovakia. She was arrested several times due to her involvement in insurgent activities and organization of underground unions. She was also restricted to psychiatric hospitals on various occasions, upon diagnosis of schizophrenia. The activist had written several articles for the Russian newspaper ‘Svobodnoye Slovo’, defaming the government and its leaders, particularly Mikhail Gorbachev. Her famous book ‘Beyond Despair’, talks about her fight for democracy, and her confinement in asylums. With the fall of the Soviet regime, she was made the Human Rights Advisor to Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the President of Georgia, and was also offered Georgian citizenship. Novodvorskaya was known for being one of the most outspoken political figures in the history of Russia. The zealous politician spoke English and French fluently, and could read foreign languages like Italian, Latin, German and Ancient Greek. She received the ‘Starovoytova Award’, from the Russian government for her contribution to democracy and human rights. Ironically, however, her opinions always stirred controversy, particularly her comments about her homeland, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.