The co-founder of the Helsinki Group, who rose to international fame as a Soviet dissident, and remained a leading human rights activist and a government critic after the collapse of the USSR, has died of heart failure in Moscow.
“In recent times her body struggled, but her spirit remained strong… She remained a defender of human rights to the very end. To say that she will be missed is to say nothing at all,” said Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the official Human Rights Council, which announced her passing on Saturday evening, noting that she continued to issue instructions and statements from her hospital bed even in the past few days.
Russian human rights defender & former Soviet dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva has died. Born in Crimea, she was 91 & active until very recently. Exiled from the USSR in 1977, Alexeyeva returned to Russia in 1993 (photo from her 90th birthday). https://t.co/02XNxaohjU… pic.twitter.com/9ty5Yesor5
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) December 8, 2018
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