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Irina Ratushinskaya () (born March 4, 1954) is a prominent Russian dissident, poet and writer.

Irina was educated at Odessa University, the city of her birth, and was graduated with a Master's Degree in physics in 1976. Before her graduation she taught at a primary school in Odessa from 1975-78.

Irina's greatest ordeal of life began in the early 1980s, when she was charged with anti-Soviet agitation for "the dissemination of slanderous documentation in poetic form," convicted and sentenced to seven years in a labor camp. However, she spent only four years as a political prisoner. Her release came on the eve of the summit in Reykjavík, Iceland between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in October 1986. It was seen as a possible concession by the Soviet government to the West.

While imprisoned, Irina continued to write poetry. Her previous works usually centered on love, Christian theology, and artistic creation, not on politics or policies as her accusers stated. Her new works that were written in prison, which were written on soap until memorized and then washed away, number some 250. They expressed an appreciation for human rights; liberty, freedom, and the beauty of life. Her memoir, Grey is the Color of Hope, chronicles her prison experience. Her later poems recount her struggles to endure the hardships and horrors of prison life. Irina is a member of International PEN, who monitored her situation during her incarceration.

In 1987 Irina came to the United States, where she received the Religious Freedom Award from the Institute on Religion and Democracy. In the same year she was deprived of Soviet citizenship by Politburo. She also was the Poet in Residence at Northwestern University from 1987-89. She lived in London, UK until December 1998, when she returned to Russia to educate her children in Russian school after a year of procedures to restore Russian citizenship. She now lives in Moscow with her husband, human rights activist Igor Gerashchenko, and two sons.

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Total Books: 17
Fiction and Lies
1999 - Fiction and Lies (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780719556852
ISBN-10: 0719556856
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Dance With a Shadow
1992 - Dance with a Shadow (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781852242329
ISBN-10: 1852242329
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In the Beginning
1991 - In the Beginning (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340550830
ISBN-10: 034055083X
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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In The Beginning
1991 - In the Beginning (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394571416
ISBN-10: 039457141X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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Pencil Letter
1989 - Pencil Letter (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394571706
ISBN-10: 0394571703
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Pencil Letter
1989 - Pencil Letter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679726005
ISBN-10: 0679726004
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
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Grey Is The Color of Hope
1989 - Grey Is the Color of Hope (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780679724476
ISBN-10: 0679724478
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Grey is the Colour of Hope
1989 - Grey Is the Colour of Hope (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780685306826
ISBN-10: 0685306828
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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Grey Is The Color Of Hope
1988 - Grey Is the Color of Hope (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780394571409
ISBN-10: 0394571401
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Reference
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Grey is the Colour of Hope
1988 - Grey Is the Colour of Hope (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340416976
ISBN-10: 0340416971
Genre: Nonfiction
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Beyond the Limit
1987 - Beyond the Limit (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780810107489
ISBN-10: 0810107481
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Beyond the Limit
1987 - Beyond the Limit (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780810107496
ISBN-10: 081010749X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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No I'm Not Afraid
1986 - No I'm Not Afraid (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780906427958
ISBN-10: 0906427959
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Dance With a Shadow
Dance with a Shadow (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781852242336
ISBN-10: 1852242337
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