Anatoly Marchenko: An Advocate for Human Rights

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Anatoly Marchenko

Ana Docoito-Nelson serves as property manager for New York’s Gramatan Management Inc. In this role, Ana Docoito-Nelson oversees the daily operations of the property and actively works to enhance its value. Outside of work, Ana Docoito-Nelson enjoys reading, and was particularly impacted by My Testimony, written by Anatoly Marchenko.

A Soviet dissident and author, Anatoly Marchenko actively campaigned for human rights in the post-Stalin Soviet Union. His radical views led to his arrest. He became widely known after the publication of his book, My Testimony, an autobiographical account of his time in prison and Soviet labor camps.

Following the publication of his book in 1969, Marchenko became very active in the human rights movement in the Soviet Union. Along with Yuri Orlor, Elena Bonner, and others, he became a founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. The group appealed to other nations and eventually started an international movement that advocated for human rights issues. His protests, appeals, and writings continued, leading to more time in prison.

He died at the age of 48 in a Soviet prison following a three-month hunger strike demanding the release of all Soviet political prisoners. Throughout his life, he spent nearly 20 years in prison and exile. Shortly after his death in 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev began releasing several political prisoners as international pressure intensified.