Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian Champion of Human Rights, Dies at 91

She died Saturday night at a Moscow hospital
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian Champion of Human Rights, Dies at 91
09 December 16:36 2018 Print This Article

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who headed the oldest Russian human-rights organization and was a driving force behind the civil-rights movement in the Soviet Union, has died.

She died Saturday night at a Moscow hospital, according to a statement from the Human Rights Council under Russia’s President. She was 91.

Alexeyeva and other dissidents founded the Moscow Helsinki Group in 1976 to monitor Soviet compliance with the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, an agreement that included guarantees of basic freedoms and was intended to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West.

In 1989, Alexeyeva restarted the Moscow Helsinki Group after it was closed down by authorities seven years earlier. In 2002, she joined a Kremlin body in charge of promoting human rights under President Vladimir Putin elected in 2000.

Alexeyeva quit the Kremlin’s council in 2012.

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