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Valeria Novodvorskaya last statement for the Russian terrorists and to Ukrainians
Date: July 10, 2014
Location: Moscow, Russia
Valeriya Ilyinichna Novodvorskaya (Russian: Вале́рия Ильи́нична Новодво́рская; 17 May 1950 — 12 July 2014) was a liberal,Russian politician, Soviet dissident, the founder and the chairwoman of the “Democratic Union” party, and a member of the editorial board of The New Times.
Novodvorskaya has been active in the Soviet dissident movement since her youth, and first imprisoned by the Soviet authorities in 1969 for distributing leaflets that criticized the Soviet invasion in Czechoslovakia (Prague Spring). The leaflets included her poetry: “Thank you, the Communist Party for our bitterness and despair, for our shameful silence, thank you the Party!”. Novodvorskaya was only 19 at this time. She was arrested and imprisoned at Soviet psychiatric hospital with diagnosis of sluggish schizophrenia, just like many other Soviet dissidents. In the early 1990s, psychiatrists of the Independent Psychiatric Association of Russia proved that the claim of her mental illness was bogus. She described her experience in psikhushka in her book “Beyond Despair”.
On 12 July, 2014 Valeriya Novodvorskaya died of septic shock.