Medvedev offers condolences over prominent Russian human rights activist’s death
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed condolences over the death of human rights champion Lyudmila Alexeyeva at the age of 91 on Saturday, TASS reported.
"Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva devoted her entire life to protecting human rights and freedoms, and was one of the most active public figures. She had to pass many tests but she always lived with her head held high and with crystal-clear conscience," Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.
Alexeyeva’s name became a symbol of freedom and democratic changes in Russia, Medvedev noted, stressing that "she was not afraid to speak when others kept silence," and she "continued struggling for her principles when others gave up."
Medvedev emphasized that Alexeyeva "achieved great results, including in the Russian Presidential Council for Human Rights, where she had worked for many years." "At any time, there were no forbidden issues and authorities for Lyudmila Alexeyeva, besides the authority of law. She was characterized by courage, dedication, and unfailing firmness in defending her position," he said.