MOSCOW | Russia’s most famous human rights activist dies at 91

8Dec - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



MOSCOW — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91.

“She remained a human rights activist to the very end,” said Mikhail Fedotov, head of Russia’s Human Rights Council. “This is a loss for the entire human rights movement in Russia.”

The gentle but courageous activist was born under dictator Josef Stalin’s regime.

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