Sergej Solovkin (Foto: privat)
Sergei Zolovkin was born in Kok-Terek in the Dzhambul region, Kazakhstan, in 1952. At the University of Karaganda, he studied law and worked as a legal consultant for the Crime Commission in Kazakhstan. From 1979 to 1986, as a correspondent of the Republican Youth newspaper, he did independent investigative reporting on crime and corruption in the legislative and executive branches. Later he became a journalist for Novaya Gazeta, where he specialized in uncovering corruption. In March 2002, an attempt was made on his life because of a critical article he had written; he escaped by a hair’s breadth. He then fled to Germany with his wife and was received by the Hamburg Foundation for the Politically Persecuted. He was accepted in September 2002 into the Writers in Exile Program, a fellowship he held until March 2004. In exile, Zolovkin continues his journalistic work for the Novaya Gazeta with unrelenting vigor and works as a moderator for all kind of discussions of the electronic version. In 2011, a daring publishing house in Samara, Russia, released his two-volume novel Out of the Lives of People Who Have Not Shot that resonated widely in the Russian press. Sergei Zolovkin currently lives in Munich. In 2017, several texts by Zolovkin will be published in the German PEN anthology Zuflucht in Deutschland. Texte verfolgter Autoren (S. Fischer).