Russian NGOs growing frustrated

MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) -- Non-governmental organizations in Russia are considered enemies of the state by Russian President Vladimir Putin, NGO leaders said.

Russian bill would ban gay rights events

MOSCOW, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Gay rights supporters held a kiss-in Friday as the Russian parliament was due to hear a bill banning the promotion of homosexuality to children, observers said.

Russian activist seeks permission to party

MOSCOW, June 28 (UPI) -- A Russian human rights activist said she will file a request with Moscow police for permission to hold a party for her 85th birthday.

Advocate leaves Russian rights council

MOSCOW, June 22 (UPI) -- A Russian activist said Friday she became the latest in a series of high-profile resignations from a presidential human rights council.
Russian protest fines could soar

Russian protest fines could soar

MOSCOW, May 23 (UPI) -- Fines for participating in illegal demonstrations in Russia could increase from $160 to as much as $9,600 under a measure in the State Duma, or lower house.

Moscow warns against unsanctioned rally

MOSCOW, May 21 (UPI) -- Moscow officials are warning activists not to hold an unsanctioned rally in the city.

Ingushetia: 'Fear creates rebellion'

MOSCOW, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Russian government abuses in Ingushetia are aggravating what could become a civil war, the Moscow Helsinki Group reported Tuesday.

Groups warn of anti-NGO campaign

MOSCOW, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Russian non-governmental organizations say the "British spy scandal" is a way for the Russian government to turn public opinion against NGOs it wants to close.

Russian groups protest spy allegations

MOSCOW, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Russian non-governmental organizations have reacted in anger to charges that they have received funding from alleged British spies.

Russia urged to protect rights in Chechnya

MOSCOW, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Observing human rights in Chechnya is crucial to restoring order there, a leading Russian human rights activist told Interfax news agency.

Poll reveals Russian police abuse

MOSCOW, May 21 (UPI) -- A survey of Russians published Friday says 25 percent of them have been victims of police abuse, the Moscow Times reported.

Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva (Russian: Людми́ла Миха́йловна Алексе́ева, IPA: ; born July 20, 1927) is a Russian historian, human rights activist and one of the few veterans of the Soviet dissident movement still active in modern Russia.

Alexeyeva was born in Yevpatoria, Crimea, then part of Russian SFSR (now part of Ukraine). She was trained as an archeologist, graduating from the History Department of the Moscow State University in 1950 and finishing the graduate school of the Moscow Institute for Economics and Statistics in 1956. In 1952, Alexeyeva joined the Communist Party of the USSR. In 1959-1968, she worked as a editor in the ethnography and archeology section of the publishing house “Science”. During 1970-1977 Alexeyeva worked at the Institute of Information on Social Sciences affiliated with the Science Academy of the USSR. Having become completely disillusioned with the Soviet ideology, Alexeyeva decided not to defend her Candidate of Sciences (roughly equivalent to a PhD) thesis and forgo the career as a scholar.

Alexeyeva’s worldview was significantly affected by the Khrushchev Thaw that lasted from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s. She belonged to the group of people, mostly intellectuals, who formed the dissident movement in the USSR in the 1960s. In 1966, Alexeyeva campaigned in defense of Daniel and Siniavsky, the writers who were arrested and tried for publishing their works abroad. In the late 1960s she signed petitions in defense of other dissidents who were prosecuted by the Soviet authorities, including Alexander Ginzburg and Yuri Galanskov. In April 1968, Alexeyeva was expelled from the Communist Party and fired from her job at the publishing house. Nonetheless, she continued her activities in defense of human rights. In 1968-1972 she worked clandestinely as a typist for the first underground bulletin “The Chronicle of Current Events” devoted to human rights violations in the USSR.

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