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21.05.2000

In memory of Irina Yakir

   

At night from 1 to 2 May 1999 Irina Yakir passed away. She was born on 7 May 1948 in the Siberia, where her mother lived in exile after the concentration camp where she got as a ‘enemy of the people’. Meanwhile her father Piotr Yakir, the son of the legendary commander Iona Yakir, still continued his term in the concentration camp, to which he was put when he was 14-year-old.

In 1956 the survived members of the family settled in Moscow. Very early Irina joined the activities of her father, first concerning the restoration of the true history, and then to human rights protection. She actively participated in creating and distributing ‘The chronicle of current events’, she did much as an organizer of aid to families of political prisoners, in particular, she worked in Solzhenitsyn’s fund. It was from this fund that many dissidents and their families got aid. She was expelled from the institute, she was interrogated many times for many hours, but she never stopped her human rights protection and charity activity. Recently she has looked after children sick with cerebral paralysis in one of the closed schools of Moscow.

We are infinitely sorry that a young, good-looking, temperamental and wise from early age woman left us so early.

The Kharkov Group for human rights protection expresses condolences to the family of Irina Yakir: husband Yuliy Kim, daughter Natalya Kim and granddaughter Xenia.

Irina Rapp


Editor in charge of the issue - Evhen Zakharov

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