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Faina Savenkova

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Faina Savenkova
Photo of Faina Savenkova in Lugansk, 2021
Photo of Faina Savenkova in Lugansk, 2021
Native name
Фаина Савенкова
BornOctober 31 2008 (14 year old)
Home townLugansk
Notable awardsThe play “The Hedgehog of Hope” won a special prize at the All-Russian Children's Dramaturgy Competition ASYL in 2019, was shortlisted in the International Competition of Contemporary Russian Drama “Author to the Stage” in 2019 and shortlisted in the International Dramaturgy Competition Eurasia 2020 of Kolyada Theatre. Faina received a prize from the Moscow Art Theatre Veterans' Competition “Reading Stories” in June 2020, and the vice-grand prize of the 2019-2020 Moscow Literary Prize in the Dramaturgy category in September 2020. Her story “Wisteria and the Cat” won the Czech competition “The World through the Eyes of a Child” in 2019.

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Faina Savenkova.[1] (born October 31 2008) is a young author from Lugansk, writing theatre plays, short stories and science fiction novels in Russian. She began to write in 2018 after she participated in a writing competition, whose winner could meet Andrey Usachev, the favourite author of Faina. Since then she learns and tries several types of writing from theatre plays to novels, and short texts about her life, children or animals.

Her favourite themes are children and war, living herself in the midst of the Donbass conflict. In 2021, she published a novel, co-written with an adult author, Alexander Kontorovich, “Those who stand behind your shoulder” ("Стоящие за твоим плечом" in Russian[2]), about children, cats, war, and the fight between good and evil.

Even if Faina writes in Russian, her texts are often translated in other languages, including English, French, Italian and Serb, and spread on many foreign websites.

Faina is a member of the LPR writers’ union, as well as a member of the International union of writers, in the Junior section. She participated in the DPR science fiction festival “Stars over the Donbass” twice, in 2019 and 2020[3], where she received a letter of gratitude from Denis Pushilin for her significant contribution to the development of cultural relations between the DPR and the Russian Federation in the field of literature.

For the Children's Day in 2021, Faina addressed the UN via a video[4] transmitted to the institution through the Russian Permanent Representation to the United Nations. In the video, Faina reminds the UN that the Donbass children also have the right to a real childhood[5]

In August 2021, Faina was added in the Mirotvorets website, as an enemy of Ukraine, and her personal data were published there. Faina wrote to the UN Secretary General[6] to ask for help of both the UN and the UNICEF in this case[7]. UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, answered[8], and contacted the Ukrainian authorities to solve this situation, which infringed Faina's rights as a child. Following this, the Ukrainian Ombudsman, Liudmila Denisova, asked both the Ukrainian police and the SBU to take measures[9] and obtain suppression of children's data from the Mirotvorets website.


Faina is still currently studying at the Lougansk School N°1, and she is also practising Taekwondo. Faina was two times LPR Taekwondo champion in their age and weight category.


Short essays:[edit]

  • Hedgehog and the sky - 2019
  • Rain - 2019
  • Wisteria and the Cat - 2019
  • Tsuru - 2019
  • The story of a whale - 2019
  • Travellers – 2019
  • How Murka went in search of a better life - 2020
  • Vaska and the tiger – 2020
  • Children's Laughter of Victory[10] – 2020
  • Life goes on - 2020
  • Silence of adults – 2020
  • Murka and the mouse army – 2020
  • Hunting the Snark – 2020
  • Sirin – 2021
  • Teachers and pupils – 2021
  • Hello, lantern! -2021

Theatre plays[edit]

  • Hedgehog of hope - 2019
  • Die, monster! - 2020


  • Those who stand behind your shoulder, with Alexander Kontorovich - 2021


  1. АНДРИЕНКО, Юлия (2020-04-19). "11-летняя писательница из Луганска Фаина Савенкова: «Даже на дистанционке не бросаю тхэквандо и пишу новую пьесу»". (in русский). Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  2. "Стоящие за твоим плечом". Author Today. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 28 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. dit, Christelle Néant (2020-09-17). "La RPD organise la deuxième édition du festival « Étoiles au-dessus du Donbass »". Donbass Insider (in français). Retrieved 2021-04-28. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Faina Savenkova's appeals to the UN on Children's Day, retrieved 2021-06-02
  5. "Девочка из Луганска обратилась к членам Совбеза ООН". РИА Новости (in русский). 2021-05-31. Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  6. "Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases". Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  7. World, Republic. "Ukraine: 12-yr-old girl writes letter to UN's Guterres; appeals to uphold child rights". Republic World. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  8. "Press Briefing by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia on 29 October 2021". Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  9. "В "Миротворец" внесли ребенка из оккупированного Луганска: Денисова призвала правоохранителей принять меры". Информационное агентство Украинские Национальные Новости (УНН). Все онлайн новости дня в Украине за сегодня - самые свежие, последние. (in русский). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  10. "Why a Child's laughter is Victory". OpEdNews. Retrieved 2021-05-10.

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