“MYKOLA RUDENKO ENERGY OF PROGRESS”
UFI PRODUCTIONS, LLC
About Mykola Rudenko
In the childhood, left without a father, Mykola Danilovych Rudenko survived the poverty and terrible famine. Despite the poverty and blindness of his left eye, Rudenko enrolled in the Faculty of Philology of the Kyiv State University. Volunteer went to the front. The bullet broke his thigh and spine. Не вecame disabled. Was awarded two military orders and six medals.
After the Patriotic War, Mykola Danilovych published his novels “Wind in the Face”, “The Last Sabbath”, “The Magic Boomerang”, and others. He is the author of many poetic collections and journalistic articles.
In 1974 Rudenko was expelled from the Communist Party for criticizing Marxism-Leninism.
In November 1976, in the Moscow apartment of dissident Alexander Ginzburg, Mykola Rudenko convened a press conference for foreign journalists, which announced the creation of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group. It included Peter Hryhorenko, Oleksa Tihiy, Petro Vince, Oles Berdnyk, Levko Lukyanenko, Yuriy Lytvyn, Oksana Meshko and others. Him wife Raisa participated in the activity of the group.
In 1977 Mykola Danilovych was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment and 5 years of exile for anti-Soviet works.
In 1987, Rudenko was released early from exile, and he left with his wife in Germany, then in the United States. He worked on radio stations “Freedom” and “Voice of America”. For this he was deprived of Soviet citizenship. In 1990, Rudenko’s family returned to Ukraine. Here Nikolay Danilovich received the State Prize of Ukraine for the novel “Eagle Beam”. President Leonid Kuchma handed him the Order “For Courage”.
Mykola Rudenko passed away when he was 84 years old. He boarded ten of his convictions in political talks. In 2000, Rudenko was awarded the title “Hero of Ukraine”.