Ruth Elizabeth Russell (born 6 March 1946) is an Australian peace activist, and one of five Australian citizens who travelled to Iraq in 2003 to function as a human shield, and for some of the eight weeks was located at the Taji food silo. Her stated reason for doing so was to show "solidarity with the Iraqi civilians who will suffer greatly from the planned invasion of Iraq".
Russell was the lead candidate for the Australian Democrats in South Australia at the 2007 federal election to replace retiring senator Natasha Stott-Despoja, but the Democrats SA ticket received only 8,908 votes or 0.88 percent, suffering a 1.50 percent swing against them.
- Ruth Russell's official website at the Wayback Machine (archived October 17, 2007)
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, by Ruth Russell, Perspective (ABC Radio National)
- Ruth Russell's MySpace
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