Natalia Pelevine

Natalia Pelevine (Russian: Наталья Пелевина и Пелевайн) (born on 2 November 1976) is a British-Russian playwright, political activist and blogger.

Natalia Pelevine
Наталья Пелевина
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Personal details
Born (1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 46)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyRPR-PARNAS
Other political
5th of December Party (2012-2015)

Early yearsEdit

Natalia Pelevine was born in Moscow in 1976.[1][2] She moved to England as a child and attended a private school, Southbank International.[citation needed] She then received BA in Art History from a London University.[citation needed]



In 2004, Pelevine set up a theatre production company, First Act Productions, which is based in London.[3] She wrote In Your Hands, a play based on the events of the Moscow theater hostage crisis.[4][5] It was first staged in October 2006 in North London at the New End Theatre.[6] 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[7] after its opening night performance by the President of Dagestan, Mukhu Aliyev, who attended the performance.[8] Reuters covered the event that was picked up by many major global media outlets.[9][10]

Her play I Plead Guilty had its New York premiere in May 2011 at Gene Frankel theatre.[citation needed]


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.[11][12]

Pelevine has appeared as a political commentator on Al Jazeera, RTVi, PressTV, the BBC and other TV and radio channels.[13] 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.[14][15] She was the organizer of the New York Strategy 31 pickets, on 31 August and 31 October 2010.[16] 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.[17] In early 2011, the Democratic Russia Committee was founded by Pelevine and supporters.

Formerly the head of the December 5 Party, Pelevine joined RPR-PARNAS in March 2015.[18]

A criminal investigation into Pelevine was opened by the Investigative Committee of Russia.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

According to The Independent, in 2009 she was engaged to a Russian Special Forces officer, Andrei Yakhnev.[20] They have since split up.


  1. ^ "Her biography (Russian)". Archived from the original on 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  2. ^ "Play about Chechen hostage-takers shut down". CBC News. 12 April 2008. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008.
  3. ^ "First Act Productions | Theatre Production | Theatrical Production". Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  4. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (18 April 2008). "Russian 'Hands' waves goodbye".
  5. ^ Arnold, Chloe (12 April 2008). "Russia: In Daghestan, Curtain May Close On Play Recalling Dubrovka Tragedy". Radio Free Europe.
  6. ^ Grechaninova, Maria (18 September 2006). "В Лондоне поставили спектакль о Дубровке" [Play about Dubrovka in London]. BBC News (in Russian).
  7. ^ Walker, Shaun (22 April 2008). "Russia bans play about deadly siege at Moscow theatre". Archived from the original on 23 April 2008.
  8. ^ Play banned in Dagestan. YouTube. 16 April 2008.
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  10. ^ Lowe, Christian (14 April 2008). "Playwright alleges Russia gagged political play". Reuters.
  11. ^ "Home".
  12. ^ "Жизнь после "Норд-Оста"".
  13. ^ Perekrestok part 4, Natalia Pelevine and General Kalugin. YouTube. 4 May 2008.
  14. ^ Solash, Richard (1 April 2011). "Russian Protest Movement Inspires Washington Rally". Radio Free Europe.
  15. ^ "Strategy 31 in New York with Natalia Pelevine". Archived from the original on 2012-01-01.
  16. ^ "Waynakh Online » Protest for Freedom of Assembly in Russia".
  17. ^ "Акции в Нью-Йорке и Петербурге в поддержку Ходорковского" [Protests in support of Khodorkovsky]. BBC News (in Russian). 13 December 2010.
  18. ^ Weiss, Michael (18 May 2015). "Putin's Cronies Nab Another Opposition Leader". The Daily Beast.
  19. ^ "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). 11 March 2016. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  20. ^ "Passion, deadly secrets and betrayal in Putin's Russia". 21 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2022-06-18.

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