St. Petersburg writer and human rights activist Nina Katerli has died at the age of 89. Her daughter Nina Efros announced this today, September 20, on social networks. Earlier, after the initiation of a criminal case against the granddaughter of the writer, director Evgenia Berkovich, her apartment was searched by security forces under the article on justification of terrorism.
Nina Katerli was born in 1934 in Leningrad into a family of writers. After studying for almost twenty years, she worked as a chemical technologist at a research institute, and then took up literary activity. She was a member of the PEN Club of St. Petersburg (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia), the Memorial human rights center (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia and liquidated by decision of the Moscow City Court) and the Human Rights Council of St. Petersburg. Nina Katerli wrote documentary, psychological and fantastic works. In total, 15 books were published under her name, including in foreign languages abroad.
In May 2023, searches were carried out in St. Petersburg in the apartment of Nina Katerli and her daughter Elena Efros. Then their computers were confiscated. They connected the visit of the security forces with the investigation into the case of the granddaughter of the writer and director Evgenia Berkovich. The case under the article on justification of terrorism (Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, punishment - up to seven years in prison) was opened because of the play "Finist Yasny Falcon". It tells the story of Russian women who were recruited by radical Islamists to travel to Syria. The director is currently in pre-trial detention, with a trial in early November extended arrest until January 10, 2024.
Read more about the case of Berkovich, the granddaughter of Nina Katerli, in the material “The court did not raise the curtain.”