Russian environmental and civil society activist Evgenia Chirikova has moved to Estonia with her family, citing the political situation in Russia.
“First of all, I wanted to take my children away from Russia. It is no secret that the repressions in Russia are aimed at civil society activists. Secondly, Russia is a nation of natural resources and environmental activists are the top enemies of the regime,” she told ERR Rus.
She said she wanted to continue her activities without fearing for her life and the lives of her family.
Chirikova said environmental activists are only allowed to speak online, with access to the main Russian channel blocked.
She added that Russia is very close and she is able to drive there when the need arises.
In Estonia she said she will help environmental groups but will not enter politics. Chirikova said she and her family will begin learning the Estonian language but will not renounce her Russian citizenship.
Editor: J.M. Laats