Lyudmila Alekseeva, Soviet dissident and Russian human rights champion, dies at 91

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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.


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