from the book site Labyrinth: Zherebtsova Polina Viktorovna (born March 20, 1985, Grozny, USSR) - documentary writer, poetess. The author of Chechen diaries and stories that have been translated into many languages of the world.
In 2013, Polina received political asylum in Finland. Engaged in human rights activities. Finalist of the A. Sakharov Prize "For Journalism as an Act" 2012. Polina was born into a multinational family in the territory of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, in the city of Grozny. During the military campaigns, she did not travel outside the Chechen Republic. With the outbreak of the 1994 war in the Chechen Republic, nine-year-old Polina Zherebtsova begins to keep a personal diary in which she describes the ongoing historical events. In October 1999, as a result of a missile strike by Russian troops on a market in the city of Grozny, Polina Zherebtsova was injured of moderate severity.
Polina Zherebtsova writes in the documentary genre, where eyewitness testimony is above all. Noting the traditions of Russian literature in the works of Zherebtsova, the publicist Andrei Desnitsky writes that “her military prose brilliantly reveals the defenselessness of a small person in front of a soulless system and makes him think deeply about the meaning of life.”
Since 2018, Polina Zherebtsova has been painting oil. Exhibitions of her works are held in Northern Europe.