Valentina Cherevatenko: "I don’t know what I am being accused of and would like to hear the actual charges. [...] I don’t want to have to prove anything to anyone, I’m just fighting because I am not a foreign agent and I haven’t broken any laws"

posted 18 Nov 2016, 01:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Nov 2016, 01:32 ]
“I don’t know what I am being accused of and would like to hear the actual charges. The absurd stuff being thrown at me now is just a cover story. If they redefined the case and told me I was being prosecuted for holding talks with Ukraine, I would admit to that and ask them to try me for it. But this case is about something else entirely. I don’t want to have to prove anything to anyone, I’m just fighting because I am not a foreign agent and I haven’t broken any laws. And I don’t need anyone’s permission to carry out my peacemaking activities. I’m just doing what I believe is necessary and important, and I won’t stop. Peacemaking is my life’s work, because I have seen, I know and I am sure that war will not go away and it will affect everyone. In 2014 it seemed that it wasn’t about us, but with each day it’s coming closer and closer. And I don’t want my sons and grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of my friends to ever find out what war means.”

- Valentina Cherevatenko, chair/co-ordinator, Women of the Don

Source:
Ekaterina Volosomoeva, 'Valentina Cherevatenko: “I am convinced that the war will affect us all”,' OpenDemocracy, 17 November 2016
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