Her arms wide open, Liu Xia embraces the first taste of freedom after years of round-the-clock surveillance.
These photos were taken on Tuesday, during a stopover at Helsinki Airport, just hours after she had left Beijing.
Her release came just three days before the first anniversary of the death of her husband, Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, from liver cancer. He had died as he had lived many of his final years, in custody.
In the afternoon, Liu landed at Berlin’s Tegal airport. She was immediately ushered into a black van provided by the German government.
However, while Liu Xia is free, her younger brother Liu Hui remains in China. She had long asked for him to be allowed to travel with her, fearing that Chinese authorities might hold him hostage.
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