This Russian Teenager Texted Strangers On Telegram. Now She Faces 10 Years In Prison For “Extremism.”
Anna Pavlikova’s parents believed their daughter was the kind of kid who would make Russia truly great. At 17, she read biology textbooks for fun and was hoping to study biotechnology at Russia’s most prestigious school, Moscow State University. She was devoted to animals — when a big storm struck Moscow, she rescued as many injured birds as she could find. She was breeding parakeets in her room, a family that had grown to about a dozen and would sometimes fly around the whole apartment.