Nadiya Svitlychna

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Nadiya Oleksiyivna Svitlychna
Native name Світлична Надія Олексіївна
Born (1936-11-08)November 8, 1936
Polovynkyno, Starobilsk district, Luhansk region
Died August 8, 2006(2006-08-08) (aged 69)
Irvington, New Jersey
Nationality Ukrainian
Alma mater University of Kharkiv
Known for human rights activism with participation in the Ukrainian Helsinki group
Movement dissident movement in the Soviet Union
Awards Shevchenko National Prize, Vasyl Stus Prize

Nadiya Oleksiyivna Svitlychna (Ukrainian: Наді́я Олексі́ївна Світли́чна, born 8 November 1936, the village of Polovynkyno, Starobilsk district, Luhansk region — 8 August 2006, Irvington, New Jersey, USA) was a Ukrainian dissident and human rights activist, and an active member of the Ukrainian Helsinki group. She was a writer and editor and for a time was a political prisoner of the Soviet regime.[1][2]

Svitlychna was praised by Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, who stated that "her views, the way she lived her life and passed along values to the next generation, have left footsteps to follow for millions of contemporary Ukrainian patriots."[1]

After emigrating to the United States in November 1978 she became a member, along with General Petro Grigorenko and Leonid Plyushch (and later others) of the External Representation of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and continued her work in advocating human and national rights in Ukraine and protesting Soviet violations of the Helsinki Accords.[1]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Editorial: Nadia Svitlychna 1936—2006". The Ukrainian Weekly. Vol. LXXIV (35). 27 August 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Procyk, Anna (5 November 2006). "Human rights activist Nadia Svitlychna through the prism of Amnesty International, sixth annual Grigorenko readings". The Ukrainian Weekly. Vol. LXXIV (45).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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