Before long, almost the entire population of Khimki (207,000 people strong) knew of Chirikova and her green movement.
For instance, the mayor of Khimki town, who is responsible in the death of his critic, journalist Mikhail Beketov.
Navalny wondered if the activists had a candidate to put forward for the Khimki city elections.
Mitvol himself is the former head of a north Moscow district with a population five times larger than that of Khimki.
The young couple settled in a tiny two-room apartment in a crumbling building on the edge of Khimki city.
As she grew more involved in the fight to save the forest, she drew press attention to Khimki.
Russian rock star Yuri Shevchuk visited Khimki to talk politics with Chirikova in her cramped kitchen.