An Interview with Irina Ratushinskaya

The following interview took place on March 5 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, five days after the Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya arrived in the US, and ten weeks after she and her husband left the Soviet Union, where she had been released from prison. The interview was conducted in …

Lost Years

The author, a physicist and poet, was sentenced in 1983 to seven years at hard labor in a Soviet prison. On my passport the nationality column says Russian. Does that mean my homeland is Russia? Maybe, but I’d already become an adult by the time I got to geographical Russia, …