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Kremlin critic and political activist Valeria Novodvorskaya dies aged 64

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Kremlin critic and political activist Valeria Novodvorskaya dies aged 64

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Long-time political opposition activist Valeria Novodvorskaya has reportedly died from intensive toxic shock at the age of 64.

Best known for her unconventional views and clear-cut political position, the Belarussian will be remembered as a fierce critic of almost all authorities, particularly during the Soviet Era.

The KGB arrested her in 1970, claiming she was mentally ill. After undergoing two years of forced medical treatment, Novodvorskaya continued actively opposing the ruling communist party until the fall of the Soviet Union.

Energetically involved in politics until the end, she opposed the introduction of troops to Chechnya and supported Georgia during the August 2008 South Ossetia War. More recently, Novodvorskaya openly condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea and was a strong supporter of Kyiv.