Person of the Week: Evgeniya Chirikova

posted 27 Apr 2015, 04:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Apr 2015, 05:03 ]
Evgeniya Chirikova, one of Russia's leading environmental activists, has moved with her family to live in Estonia. RFE/RL reports that Chirikova 'told the Associated Press by telephone from Tallin that it is "difficult" to work in Russia as an environmentalist because "they can come for you at any moment like they blackmailed me once with my children." ' Chirikova says she does not intend to seek political asylum in Estonia and will continue to travel to Russia. Chirikova is best known for leading a campaign to stop construction of a highway to St. Petersburg through the Khimki Forest. She has also stood for mayor in the town of Khimki just outside Moscow. In 2012 she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.

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Evgeniya Chirikova, Wikipedia
Environmentalist Flees Russia To Protect Children From Authorities, RFE/RL, 20 April 2015
Russian Activist Chirikova: Russia Can Learn A Lot From Estonia, RFE/RL, 21 April 2015
Robert Coalson, Some Who Left: A New Wave Of Russian Emigration, RFE/RL, 21 April 2015
Russia's leading environmentalist flees to Estonia, The Guardian, 20 April 2015
Prominent Russian Environmental Activist Flees to Estonia, The Moscow Times, 19 April 2015
Evgenia Chirikova - Europe 2012 Goldman Prize Recipient, The Goldman Environmental Prize