Screenshot of the Safonovo Central District Hospital’s website
14-Year-Old Girl Writes Letter to Putin, Kills Herself
November 20, 2018
Identified only as Natasha, a fourteen-year-old girl who complained to Vladimir Putin about her mother’s low wages has committed suicide in the city of Safonovo in Smolensk Region.
According to local news media, the teenager also complained about bullying at school. She was visually impaired. Her classmates teased her by calling her “Cyclops.”
Shortly before her death, she posted the following message on her social network page: “Why are you all so mean?”
The newspaper Smolenskaya Narodnaya Gazeta writes that the fourteen-year-old girl’s mother worked as an orderly at the local hospital. After her daughter wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin and mailed it to the Kremlin, the women was summoned by hospital management and “scolded.”
As the newspaper writes, what happened to her mother was probably a huge blow to Natasha.
According to unconfirmed reports, a suicide note was found on the dead girl. She asked that no one be blamed for her death.
It is not known whether her letter reached the Russian president.
Translated by the Russian Reader. Thanks to Dmitry Kalugin for the heads-up.
Petersburg activist Dmitry Nachinkin after he was assaulted by thugs. Photo courtesy of Activatica.org
Activist Who Sought Audit of Budget Beaten in Petersburg Suburb
November 19, 2018
Persons unknown have assaulted and severely beaten activist Dmitry Nachinkin in the village of Pesochny in Petersburg’s Resort District.
Nachinkin closely monitored public procurements by the local council, often questioning their legality. In particular, his interest was provoked by the question of why most contracts were awarded to the same company.
The day before the assault, Nachinkin had been collecting signatures on a petition calling for mandatory public hearings on Pesochny’s budget.
The assault took place at six in the evening on November 18 in the activist’s yard. The assailants beat Nachinkin over the head with rebars, and then punctured the tires on his car. Despite his serious injuries, Nachinkin managed to get to a police station, where he was given first aid before being sent to hospital.
Nachinkin sent his own photos of the aftermath, writing, “Thanks, friends! It’s not as bad as it looks. My eyes and teeth were unharmed. Only my maxillary arch was fractured.”
Translated by the Russian Reader. Thanks to Yevgenia Litvinova for the heads-up.