Remembering Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the Matriarch of Russia’s Human Rights Movement
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Location: The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First Street Northeast, Room SVC 209-08, Washington, DC 20515
A new generation in Russia has taken up Lyudmila's struggle for human rights and an international order based on rules and values. As we honor Lyudmila and her contributions to Russian civil society, we will reflect on what can be done to strengthen the solidarity of governments and international organizations with those local activists continuing her legacy in the pursuit of higher standards of human rights and democracy.
Please join the National Endowment for Democracy, the Solidarity Center, and the Free Russia Foundation as they honor Lyudmila Alexeyeva’s pioneering contributions to democracy and human rights, and as they highlight her impact on civil society and foreign policy in today’s Russia.
Lyudmila Alexeyeva will be remembered as a pioneering figure in the field of human rights. In 1976, she helped launch the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) – the first major independent human rights movement in the Soviet Union. The bold leadership of Lyudmila and the MHG were crucial to the growth and development of Russian civil society, and throughout her life Lyudmila remained an unwavering beacon and example for Russian activists, appearing at protests, conducting solidarity pickets, and speaking out for victims of human rights violations.