Yevgeniya Chirikova

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Yevgeniya Chirikova (2011)

Yevgeniya Chirikova (Russian: Евге́ния Серге́евна Чи́рикова: born 12 November 1976) is a Russian environmental activist, primarily known for opposing the building of a motorway through Khimki forest near Moscow.[1] She has also played a prominent role in the 2011–2012 Russian protests following disputed parliamentary elections in Russia. Chirikova has also been credited with "stimulating nationwide interest in political reform".[2]


Chirikova has campaigned against the building of a road through Khimki forest. She also helped convince the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank to "shun the project".[2]

Chirikova has been the subject of intimidation because of her campaigning. In 2011 government officials visited her, saying they had been instructed to take away her children because she was abusing them. According to Chirikova, "My reaction was completely unmitigated rage. I recorded myself describing what had happened and posted the video on the web. There were so many calls to the department that they withdrew."[2]


In 2012 she was a winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, receiving a USD$150,000 prize.[2] She has said that she will spend the money setting up a campaign group called Our Land to fight similar environmental campaigns to Khimki. Foreign Policy named Chirikova one of its 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers.[3]


  1. ^ Ruvinsky, Vladimir (July 4, 2011). "From Russian activist to politician: Evgenia Chirikova". Telegraph. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "She dared to call Vladimir Putin a crook". Telegraph. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.