Fearing for her life and her children’s life as well, 38-year-old, Yevgenia Chirikova fled to Estonia together with her children, reports indicate.
According to Chirikova, she had threatened the interest of some of the richest and most feared people in the world and, as a result, her life is in danger. In addition to that those people have made her a target in Russia.
I cannot continue to stay in Russia because of all the negative things which are currently happening there, she said.
Chirikova was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize and she is well known for her courage as well as her campaign which opposes the construction of an $ 8 billion road linking between Moscow and ST Petersburg.
“It is difficult to work in Russia because they can come for you at any moment like they blackmailed me once with my children”, she said. She also said that she doesn’t want to see her taxes pay for Russia’s war against the brotherly Ukraine.
According to Chirikova, the government’s policies are designed so as to distract attention from a disastrous environment situation across Russia.
She is currently residing in Estonia on a residence permit and would not apply for political asylum as it will hamper her planned trips to Russia.
Back in March, Politician Vladimir Ashurkov received political asylum in the U.K. something that she is open to if the moment arises.
An environmental activist in Russia is living in fear every day. Journalist Mikhail Beketov was left with a brain damage following a brutal beating that took place back in 2008 and died five years after writing about corruption in Khimki.