Russia's most famous human rights activist dies at age 91

MOSCOW – A Russian rights official says that Lyudmila Alexeyeva, forced into exile by the Soviet authorities after having founded the oldest Russian organization for human rights in 1976, died in a Moscow hospital at the age of 91.

Mikhail Fedotov, head of the Human Rights Council of Russia, states that Alexeyeva "remained a human rights activist until the end" and defined her death on Saturday "a loss for the entire movement for human rights in Russia ".

Alexeyeva, founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group, has made a name for himself in the '60s and '70s to protest against Soviet political prisoners. She returned to Russia in 1993 and continued to be an energetic human rights advocate.

On his 90th birthday, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited her personally.

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