Irina Ratushinskaya, the Russian dissident and poet, was born in 1954
and educated at Odessa University. In the early 1980’s, she
was found guilty of anti-Soviet agitation and sentenced to seven years
in a labour camp. She was released after four years, on the Eve of
the Reykjavik Summit. Her memoir, Grey is the Color of Hope, recounts
her experience in prison. After many years living in the United States
and London, Ratushinskaya returned to live in Moscow with her husband
and two sons.