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The author of the Chechen diary is hiding in Finland

2012-01-25 16:48

Author of the Chechen diary, published in the fall of 2011, Pauline Zherebtsova has left Russia and asked for political asylum in Finland. According to 26-year Russian citizen, after the book about the war in Chechnya some unknown persons demanded to stop the publication, the edition "Oil of Russia" wrote.

Pauline Zherebtsova was born in 1985 in Grozny, Chechnya. During the first and second Chechen war her family remained in the city and Pauline kept a diary. On the pages of the diary she has described everything that she had seen and heard. In 2009, the Russian electronic media began to publish excerpts from her documentary evidences; then, according to the girl, she started receiving the first threats, the Interfax reported.

Following the publication of the book "The Diary of Zherebtsova Pauline" in 2011, attacks on her and her husband started. The last such attack took place in Moscow on January 17. "My husband and me were walking down the street, I was carrying different article on Chechnya and documents. Someone snatched out the packet straight from the car and left. I just fell in the snow. My husband was near but he could not do anything. I was shaking. Earlier, in the fall, immediately after the book was published, my husband was attacked, beaten and threatened near his work", quoted Zherebtsova's words. According to Zherebtsova, the attacks were committed by security officers that tried to disguise themselves as activists of right-wing movements.

Zherebtsova believes that the publication of her book is an encumbrance for the Russian authorities on the eve of the presidential election. "It's very frustrating because I've got only one book of children's diaries, and there are five books of no less importance. They are the diaries about Chechnya in three volumes since 1994, and three volumes of how we have been living in Russia, what corruption we has faced, about full lawlessness of officials, about ordinary people in Russia", the writer said.

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