Lyudmila Alexeyeva obituary

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Veteran campaigner against repression who returned to Russia after a period of exile

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who has died aged 91, was a veteran of Russia’s human rights community who began working for change during the Soviet period, went into exile and then, unlike most other dissident émigrés, returned to Moscow after the Soviet Union collapsed to resume the struggle under Boris Yeltsin’s presidency.

Small of stature but filled with determination, she risked arrest by taking part in street demonstrations until eight years ago. She remained active even after that, writing a text for last week’s annual conference of the human rights monitoring organisation known as the Moscow Helsinki Group, which she had helped to found in 1976.

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