Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Russian dissident to get highest Slovak state honour in memoriam

RUSSIAN dissident and writer Natalia Gorbanevska will be awarded in memoriam Slovakia’s highest state honour, the Order of the White Double-Cross of the second class, for her lifelong efforts in the area of human rights and democracy.

RUSSIAN dissident and writer Natalia Gorbanevska will be awarded in memoriam Slovakia’s highest state honour, the Order of the White Double-Cross of the second class, for her lifelong efforts in the area of human rights and democracy.

Gorbanevska will receive the honour based on the request of Bratislava’s Deputy Mayor Ján Budaj, who delivered it to former president Ivan Gašparovič after her death on November 29, 2013, the SITA newswire reported.

Gorbanevska was part of a small group of dissidents who protested in Moscow’s Red Square on August 25, 1968, against the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact troops. In 1969 she was placed in a psychiatric facility in the USSR as punishment for her views, where she lived for three years isolated from the rest of the world.

After leaving the facility in 1972, Gorbanevska rejoined the dissident movement, but in 1975 she was forced to emigrate from the USSR. She settled in Paris, where she died last year.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information
presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Kia kicks off production of the new ProCeed model Photo

More than 300 workers participated in the training held at a Korean research centre.

How does Slovakia support innovations?

Companies operating in Slovakia can benefit from state subsidies, EU resources and venture capital funds.

Science in Slovakia is underfunded, lagging behind other European countries.

How to elect your mayor

When you live in a small village, you don't care about Bratislava. At home, everything is at stake.

Blog: Slovak author wants to be the embodiment of happiness

Andrej Krupa, author of ‘Hlava 20, is using his experience abroad to spread positivity in Slovakia.

Andrej Krupa