Iryna Kalynets

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Iryna Onufriyivna Kalynets
Native name Ірина Онуфріївна Калинець (Ирина Онуфриевна Калинец)
Born Iryna Onufriyivna Stasiv
(1940-12-06)December 6, 1940
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR
Died July 31, 2012(2012-07-31) (aged 71)
Lviv, Ukraine
Nationality Ukrainian
Citizenship  Soviet Union (1940–1991) →  Ukraine (1991–2012)
Alma mater Lviv University
Occupation poetry
Movement dissident movement in the Soviet Union
Spouse(s) Ihor Kalynets
Awards Order of Princess Olga, 3rd class

Iryna Onufriyivna Kalynets (Ukrainian: Іри́на Ону́фріївна Калине́ць, Russian: Ири́на Ону́фриевна Калине́ц, 6 December 1940, Lviv – 31 July 2012, Lviv) was a Ukrainian poet, writer, activist and Soviet dissident during the 1970s.[1] Kalynets was the wife of another leading Soviet dissident, Ihor Kalynets.[1]

Kalynets graduated from Lviv University with a degree in philology.[1] She taught courses in Ukrainian literature and language before joining a human rights group called "shistdesyatnyky."[1] Kalynets was the publisher of a banned human rights journal, "Український Вісник."[1] She also publicly protested the detention of other dissidents, including Nina Strokata and Valentyn Moroz.[1] Kalynets and two other activists, Nadiya Svitlychna and Stefania Shabatura, were arrested for a writing on Soviet propaganda. She was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of internal exile within the Soviet Union.[1]

Kalynets was able to return to Lviv in 1981 following the completion of her sentence. A proponent of the Ukrainian independence movement, she soon joined Memorial and Rukh, a pair of civil rights organizations.[1]

Ukraine broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991. Kalynets was elected to the Verkhovna Rada as a deputy in Ukraine's first post independence parliament.[1] She continued to publish writings until her health deteriorated.

Iryna Kalynets died from a long illness on July 31, 2012, at the age of 71.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Dissident Iryna Kalnets Dies After Long Illness". Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Померла поетеса-дисидентка Ірина Калинець". RISU. July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>