DISSIDENT IRYNA KALYNETS DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS

31.07.12


Iryna Kalynets

Iryna Kalynets, poet, cultural activist and one of the leading dissidents of the 1970s, died today after a long illness at the age of 72.
After graduating in philology from university in Lviv, she lectured on Ukrainian language and literature and became involved in the group of dissidents known as the 'shistdesyatnyky', who wrote and spoke out about abuses of human rights. She protested against the arrests of Valentyn Moroz and Nina Strokata, published an underground journal "Український Вісник" and was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment and 3 years internal exile, along with Stefania Shabatura and Nadia Svitlychna, for publishing an article on soviet propaganda. After returning to Lviv in 1981, she became a leading member of the civil organisations 'Rukh' and 'Memorial' and continued to write in support of Ukrainian independence and Ukraine's historical and cultural identity. She was elected a deputy to the first Parliament of independent Ukraine and continued to write until her illness.
Iryna Kalynets was a great and fearless fighter for human and democratic rights - one of a generation that risked their lives for the right to think independently, defend the Ukrainian language, and tell the truth about the abuses of the Soviet regime.

May her memory be eternal! Вічна Її пам'ять!



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