Ludmilla Alexeeva

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Ludmilla Alexeeva is a founding member of the Helsinki Watch Group, organized by the scientist Andrei Sakharov to monitor Soviet compliance with the 1975 Helsinki Accords on European security and cooperation.[1]She emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1977.[2]

In 1988, Alexeeva was refused a visa to attend a Soviet-American conference in Tbilisi.[3]

In 1989, US diplomat Morris Abram said that Alexeeva had been turned down five times for Soviet entry visas.[4] Alexeeva returned to Russia in 1993.[5]

In 1995, Alexeeva attended the Fifth World Conference of the US National Endowment for Democracy(NED) in Washington. According to Helena Cobban, she warned that "if authoritarianism succeeds in Chechnya, it will overcome all of Russia."[6]

In her capacity as chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group(MHG), Alexeeva presented a report on human rights in Russian regions at a Washington briefing in September 1999. The report was the product of a study by the MHG and the Union of Councils of Soviet Jews. It was funded by the NED and USAID.[7]

In November 1999 Alexeeva called for Russian delegates to be excluded from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly until Russia stopped attacking civilians in Chechnya.[8]

Alexeeva criticised the treatment of religious minorities in Russia in a June 2004 Washington briefing.[9]

In March 2005, Alexeeva described the murder conviction of former Yukos security chief Alexei Pichugin as "Harsh and very unfair", adding that "There is no proof of the man's culpability. This is political revenge and nothing else."[10]

In December 2005, Alexeeva was honoured by Human Rights First at its 2005 human rights awards dinner alongside Mudawi Ibraghim Adam.[11]

In January 2006, the Russian authorities claimed to have evidence that a British diplomat, Marc Doe had covertly provided the Moscow Helsinki Group with £23,000 in funding.[12]

Lyudmilla Alexeyeva, the head of the Helsinki Group, accused the Russian government of carrying out a propaganda exercise. "This is an attempt to smear a well-known group with allegations of involvement in espionage activity," she said. "They are preparing public opinion for a government move to close us down which they can now do under the new law."[13]

In October 2006, Alexeeva accused Chechen Prime minister Ramzan Kadyrov of being responsible for disappearances in the region.[14]

In June 2007, Alexeeva spoke at the Democracy & Security International Conference in Prague.[15]She met President George W. Bush during the event.[16]

In July 2007, Alexeeva called for the Portuguese presidency of the EU to stand up for human rights in Russia. "This is no time for the leadership of Europe to abandon us to our fate so that they may cuddle up with the new gas Czar of Europe", she said.[17]



  1. FOUR AMNESTY GRUPS ACTIVE IN COUNTY, by Tessa Melvin, New York Times, 11 December 1983.
  2. Biographies of the Speakers, Democracy and Security International conference, accessed 27 January 2009.
  3. 4 Americans Denied Visas for Soviet Gathering, The Washington Post, 16 September 1988.
  4. CSCE Conference on the Human Dimension. Conference on the Security and Cooperation in Europe, Morris Abram address; Department of State Bulletin, 1 September 1989. Transcript.
  5. Biographies of the Speakers, Democracy and Security International conference, accessed 27 January 2009.
  6. Democracy's Foot Soldiers, by Helena Cobban, Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 1995.
  7. Moscow Helsinki Group and Union of Councils for Soviet Jews to Release Landmark Study on Human Rights in Russia's Regions at Helsinki Commission Briefing, PR Newswire, 2 September 1999.
  9. Activists cite poor record on rights; Say government curbs freedoms, by Stephanie Dornschneider, Washington Times, 9 June 2004.
  10. Ex-security chief in Yukos affair sentenced to 20 years for murder, Agence France Presse, 30 March 2005.
  11. [Honoring Human Rights Defenders], Human Rights First, accessed 2 February 2009.
  12. Q's expertise lacking in spy rock shock, by James Button, The Age, 25 January 2006.
  13. A lump of rock, a sophisticated spying device, and an embassy left red-faced, by Kim Sengupta and Andrew Osborn, The Independent, 25 January 2006.
  14. Putin's Protege, The Evening Standard (Palmerston North, New Zealand), 10 October 2006.
  15. Biographies of the Speakers, Democracy and Security International conference, accessed 2 February 2009.
  17. Portuguese Presidency Urged to Stand up to Russia, PR Newswire, 4 July 2007.