Robi Kukhianidze
Georgia

Robi was born in Kutaisi in 1965. In late 1980’s the was the organizer of an underground alternative rock groups in Kutaisi city. After the collapse of USSR he was the leader of the famous punk band “Outsider”. Rubi was organizer of different alternative culture initiatives and projects in Kutaisi. He is still performing and …

Robi Kukhianidze
Georgia
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Lia Chlachidze
Georgia

Lia was born in Tskhinvali (capital of “South Ossetian autonomic district”) in 1952. Graduated Tskhinvali pedagogic institute. Was working as a history teacher in different schools. Husband was killed in 1991 during the ethnic conflict in Tskhivnali region between Georgians and Ossetians highly manipulated by the Kremlin. During 1990’s was living in Rustavi; was one …

Lia Chlachidze
Georgia
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Syargey Bandarenka
Belarus

He was born in 1963. After the Chernobyl disaster he was forced to leave his home, which was in the contamination zone. Spent several years in Russia in search of making a living. He is a craftsman and lives in Kreva.

Nina Stuzhynskaya
Belarus

She was born in 1955. She worked at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and dealt with the topic of anti-Soviet resistance of the 1920s and political repressions. She was the initiator of the Union of Belarusian Women in 1991.

Sirarpi Arustamyan
Armenia

She is a retired Chemical Scientist currently living in Vanadzor, Armenia. After receiving her Ph.D. from the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1979, she returned to her native town Vanadzor (then Kirovakan), where she worked in the All-Union Institute of Polymer Adhesives until 2000.

Eduard Poghosyan
Armenia

Eduard is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, where he worked as a toolmaker in Bakelektrobytpribor plant until the Armenian pogroms and their expulsion from Baku, following the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He and his family became refugees in Armenia, where they now live in a village nearby Yerevan.

Tetyana Yankova
Ukraine

Tetyana shares the story of the formation of her national identity and the economic peripeteia that she had to go through in the process of transforming society. Tatyana was born and raised in Kherson. She graduated from two institutes in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow after which she taught at a college. She later …

Tetyana Yankova
Ukraine
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