Skip to content

Lyudmila Alexeyeva

Lyudmila Alexeyeva: “

Kober: typo

”’Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva”’ ({{lang-ru|Людми́ла Миха́йловна Алексе́ева}}) (born [[July 20]] [[1927]]) is a [[Russia]]n historian, [[human rights]] activist and one of the few veterans of the [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] [[dissident]] movement still active in modern Russia.<ref name=’sptimes’>Maria Danilova ([[June 15]], [[2004]]), [ Lyudmila Alexeyeva Speaks Her Mind]. The [[St. Petersburg Times]]. Issue #977 (45).</ref>

Alexeyeva was born in [[Eupatoria]], [[Crimea]], then part of [[Russian SFSR]]. She was trained as an archeologist at the [[Moscow State University]] and joined the Russian dissident community during the [[Khrushchev Thaw]] in the 1960s. She campaigned for fair trials of the arrested dissidents and their objective coverage in the media. She collected signatures for a petition in support of political prisoners and was excluded from the Communist Party and deprived her job of an editor of a scientific magazine. In 1977, Alexeyeva and her family were allowed to leave for the [[United States]] amid [[KGB]] threats to arrest her. Alexeyeva continued her human rights activity abroad and regularly wrote on the Soviet dissident movement. After the [[collapse of the Soviet Union]], she returned to Russia and became a head of the [[Moscow Helsinki Group]], Russia’s oldest human rights organization, in 1996. In 2000, Alexeyeva joined a commission set up to advise then-[[President of Russia|President]] [[Vladimir Putin]] on human rights problems, a move that triggered criticism from some other rights activists. <ref name=’sptimes’/>

Alexeyeva co-chaired, with [[Garry Kasparov]] and [[Georgy Satarov]], the All-Russian Civic Congress which Alexeyeva and Satarov left due to disagreement with Kasparov in January 2008. She has been critical of the Kremlin’s human rights record and accused the government of encouraging extremists with its nationalistic policies, such as the [[2006 deportation of Georgians from Russia|mass deportations of Georgians]] in 2006 and police raids against foreigners working in street markets. Yet, Alexeyeva says things are not as bad as back in the Soviet times when most dissidents were heavily repressed.<ref name=’npr’>Gregory Feifer ([[March 7]], [[2007]]), [ Russia’s New Dissidents Defend Human Rights]. [[National Public Radio]].</ref>
She has also criticized the law enforcers’ conduct in [[Ingushetia]] and has warned that growing violence in the republic may spread to the whole Russian Federation.<ref>[–-alexeyeva/ Situation in Ingushetia Threatens All of Russia – Alexeyeva]. [[The Other Russia]] website. [[September 22]] [[2008]].</ref> In 2006, she was accused of involvement with [[United Kingdom|British]] intelligence and received threats from nationalist groups.<ref name=’npr’/><ref>[ Russian NGO rejects spy ‘smear’]. The [[BBC News]]. [[23 January]] [[2006]].</ref>

== References ==

{{DEFAULTSORT:Alexeyeva, Lyudmila}}

[[Category:1927 births]]
[[Category:Russian dissidents]]
[[Category:Russian historians]]
[[Category:Moscow Helsinki Watch Group]]
[[Category:Living people]]

[[ru:Алексеева, Людмила Михайловна]]

(Via Wikipedia – New pages [en].)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to toolbar