“I was 25 years old when Stalin died and I remember those times well. It was a classic, severe totalitarian state. We saw how much unfairness, how many lies there were in that system, under which we were born and lived.”
Lyudmila Alexeyeva — Interview with Human Rights Watch (2011)
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December 10 2018 — Prominent Russian human rights campaigner and ex-Soviet dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva has died aged 91. Today is Human Rights Day. It is observed by the international community every year on December 10. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Lyudmila Alexeyeva passed away in a Moscow hospital at 16:30 GMT on Saturday (Dec 8 2018), Russia’s human rights council said.
“This is a huge loss for the entire human rights movement in Russia,” the council’s head Mikhail Fedotov said.
Ms Alexeyeva became a fierce human rights advocate in 1950s Soviet Union, went into exile and returned to continue her work in modern Russia.
In 1968, her activism saw her expelled from the Communist Party and fired from her job at the time.
She co-founded the human rights organisation Moscow Helsinki Group in 1976, and within a year its members were arrested, jailed or forced into exile.
She emigrated to the US in 1977, where she continued her fight for human rights, until her return in 1993, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Vladimir Putin stopped by the home of Lyudmila Alexeyeva — July 20 2017
Vladimir Putin stopped by the home of Lyudmila Alexeyeva, an icon of Russia’s human rights movement, to wish the 90-year-old woman a happy birthday.
It wasn’t all light banter and champagne, however.
Alexeyeva says she convinced the president to pardon Igor Izmestiev, a former Russian senator, and entrepreneur.
“I know, Mr. Putin, that you always live up to your promises.
He said, ‘Yes.’
Now tomorrow I’ll deliver the good news to Igor Izmestiev’s mother because I believe that the president will fulfill his promise,” Alexeyeva told reporters.
Russia — Human Rights Campaigner Lyudmila Alexeyeva Has Died (July 20 1927 – December 8 2018)