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Lyudmila Alexeyeva: Russian human rights activist died at the age of 91 years



  Photo taken on May 30, 2016 Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva looks at

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Lyudmila Alexeyeva began her activism in the 50s of the Soviet Union and up in the last years continued
The prominent Russian human rights activist and former Soviet dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva died at the age of 91
years.

She died Saturday at 16:30 GMT in a Moscow hospital, said the Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation.

"This is a huge loss for the entire human rights movement in Russia," said the chairman of the Council, Mikhail Fedotov.

Ms. Alexeyeva became a fierce human rights lawyer in the 1950s, went into exile and returned to exile work in modern Russia.

In 1968, her activism was banned from the Communist Party and released from her job.

She co-founded the human rights organization Moscow Helsinki Group in 1976 and within a year her members were arrested. Imprisoned or exiled.

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.


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