The Russian civil rights activist and Kremlin critic Lyudmila Alexeyeva is dead. She died after a severe illness at the age of 91 years in Moscow, informed the human rights Council of the Russian President. “This is a terrible loss for the whole of the Russian human rights movement,” said the Chairman of the Council, Mikhail Fedotov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid tribute to their work. “The President appreciates the contribution made by Lyudmila Alexeyeva for the development of civil society in Russia,” said his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov of the Agency Interfax according to.

Alexeyeva was one of the most renowned civil rights activists in Russia. Together with the Nobel peace prize winner Andrei Sakharov, she founded in 1976, the Moscow Helsinki group, which campaigned for the observance of human rights. After criticism of political processes, it was excluded from the Communist party and was banned from his profession. 1977 Alexeyeva was forced to leave the country and went into exile in the United States. Only in 1993, she returned to Russia. Since 2004, she was a human rights Council with the interruption is a member of the people.

Until a few years ago demonstrated Alexeyeva still on the road. With 82 years, she was arrested as she took part in an Anti-Putin Demonstration. To your 90. Birthday, the President visited you personally. “There used to be something like that, never,” said the human rights activist at the time. “In the past, the times were others,” Putin said.

In 2009, Alexeyeva, accepted the Sakharov prize of the European Parliament and, as an “outstanding moral authority”, the Federal cross of merit. In 2017, she received the state prize of the Russian Federation.