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Russian human rights activist denied entry into Ukraine

MOSCOW, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Ukrainian security forces turned away a Russian human rights activist at Boryspil Airport in Kiev over the weekend, prompting an outcry from supporters.

Putin nominates Kremlin critic as ombudsman

MOSCOW, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Russian government said Thursday an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, Ella Pamfilova, was nominated as the next ombudsman.

Lawyer to appeal Pussy Riot's member's sentence

MOSCOW, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Maria Alyokhina, one of the imprisoned members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, said he plans to appeal her sentence Wednesday.

Lawyers launch appeal for release of Pussy Riot member

MOSCOW, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the imprisoned members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, said they launched an appeal for her release.

Protesters blast Russia's undocumented immigrants detention camps

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Russian human rights activists picketed immigration service offices in St. Petersburg this week, protesting the holding of migrant workers in detention camps.

Alleged illegal immigrants rounded up in Moscow

MOSCOW, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Hundreds of foreigners suspected of working illegally in Russia have been rounded up and detained at a tent camp in Moscow, officials said Saturday.
U.S. urges Moscow to keep NSA leaker Snowden on Russian soil

U.S. urges Moscow to keep NSA leaker Snowden on Russian soil

MOSCOW, June 24 (UPI) -- The United States Monday urged Russia not to let National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden leave its borders, officials said.

Russian calls for S. Ossetia tribunal

MOSCOW, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A Russian official says an international tribunal should be established to try Georgian leaders responsible for giving orders to invade South Ossetia.

Russian activist charged with extremism

MOSCOW, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Lev Ponomaryov, a prominent Russian human rights activist, said prosecutors charged him with extremism for accusing a prison official of torture.

Lukin lists Russian rights violations

MOSCOW, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The number of rights violations in Russia has not declined this year, human rights commissioner Vladimir Lukin said Friday.

Russian protestors denounce racism

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- More than 500 demonstrators have protested racist attacks in Russia's second largest city, the Moscow Times reported Monday.

Russia must tighten up draft system: Lukin

MOSCOW, July 9 (UPI) -- Russia must tighten up its military draft system, the nation's human rights chief said Friday, according to an Interfax news agency report.

Russia urged to heed Euro-ruling

MOSCOW, May 21 (UPI) -- The Russian government should accept a ruling against it by the European Court of Human Rights, national ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said Friday.

Analysis: Russia straddling the divide-I

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday, in an interview he granted to the French television channel TF1, that unilateral U.S.-British military action against Iraq would be a "grave mistake" and an "unreasonable use of force."
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent
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Vladimir Petrovich Lukin (Russian: Владимир Петрович Лукин) (born in 1937) is Russian liberal political activist currently serving as the Human Rights Commissioner of Russia.

Vladimir Lukin was raised by his relatives, as his parents had been repressed soon after his birth.

In 1990s, Lukin was one of the founders of the liberal-democratic Yabloko Party (letter L in "Yabloko" came from his name). He previously served as the deputy chairman of the Russian Duma and as chairman of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee and currently serves as Ombudsman. He is a director on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and is also a former Ambassador to the United States. He is considered a long-time specialist in U.S.-Soviet/Russian strategic arms control issues and is a member of Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, an independent association of national security experts. On 18 February 2009, at President Medvedev's recommendation, the Russian Duma voted him another five-year term as human rights commissioner.

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