I find myself in the small town of Noginsk, a mere 50 kilometres from the Moscow centre. I had travelled an hour and a half to the east of Moscow on the suburban trains. I walk for a 10 minutes down the small streets of Noginsk from the old railway station till I find what I was searching for: 66 Sovyetskaya Street. On this address is a wooden house with a baby blue façade and white wooden carvings of suns in the window sills.
Anastasia Denisova, an alumna of the MA in ‘Understanding and Securing Human Rights’ (2015-2016), School of Advanced Study, University of London interviewed Svetlana Gannushkina, the Director of ‘Civic Assistance’ NGO (Moscow) and a 2016 laureate of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award for ‘her decades-long commitment to promoting human rights and justice for refugees and forced migrants, and tolerance among different ethnic groups’.