|Born||2 November 1976|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|5th of December Party (2012-2015)|
Natalia Pelevine was born in Moscow in 1976. She moved to England as a child and attended a private school, Southbank International. She then received BA in Art History from a London University.
In 2004, Pelevine set up a theatre production company, First Act Productions, which is based in London. She wrote In Your Hands, a play based on the events of the Moscow theater hostage crisis. It was first staged in October 2006 in North London at the New End Theatre. The Russian version of In Your Hands, directed by Skanderbek Tulparov, had its premiere at the Russian Dramatic Theatre in Makhachkala, Dagestan, in April 2008 and was banned after its opening night performance by the President of Dagestan, Mukhu Aliyev, who attended the performance. Reuters covered the event that was picked up by many major global media outlets.
Her play I Plead Guilty had its New York premiere in May 2011 at Gene Frankel theatre.
Pelevine was one of the people behind the independent research into the Moscow theatre siege. A member of NGO Nord Ost, she remains in close contact with Nord Ost and Beslan victims and their families. Pelevine consulted on a number of documentary films about the Moscow theatre siege.
Pelevine has appeared as a political commentator on Al Jazeera, RTVi, PressTV, the BBC and other TV and radio channels. She was also involved with the Strategy-31 Abroad organization, which rallied for the article 31 of the Russian Constitution and for freedom and democracy in Russia, and opposes the current government. She was the organizer of the New York Strategy 31 pickets, on 31 August and 31 October 2010. She also organized an Oleg Kashin picket in November 2010 and a demonstration in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky on 12 December 2010, during which she mentioned setting up a new movement. In early 2011, the Democratic Russia Committee was founded by Pelevine and supporters.
A criminal investigation into Pelevine was opened by the Investigative Committee of Russia.
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- "В отношении Натальи Пелевиной возбуждено уголовное дело о незаконном приобретении средств для негласного получения информации" [A criminal case has been initiated against Natalya Pelevina on the illegal acquisition of funds for secretly obtaining information] (in Russian). Sledcom.ru. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
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