Natalia Belinkov Yablokoff (1930-2019) passed away peacefully at the Monterey Community Hospital On May 20. Natalia (née Dergacheva) was born in Russia on January 13, 1930. She was a long time Russian language teacher at Monterey’s Defense Language Institute and a published author. She and her first husband, the dissident author and a prisoner of GULAG, Arkady Belinkov, defected from the Soviet Union to the US via Austria in 1968, while on a tourist visa in Hungary. After a stint at Yale University (1968-70), and following Mr. Belinkov’s passing in 1970, Natalia worked in Washington, DC., and then moved to Monterey in 1972, where she taught at the Defense Language Institute for over 25 years.
In the 1980s Natalia was married to the head of the Russian Department at DLI, a retired Army Major, Nicholas Yablokoff.
Funeral services will be held at St Seraphim’s Russian Orthodox Church, Canyon Del Rey Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955, (831 394-1611) on Friday, May 24 at 9:30 am, followed by the burial service at the Serbian Cemetery in Colma (1801 Hillside Blvd, Colma, 94014) at 2pm.
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