Defending Human Rights in Russia :

Gilligan, Emma.

Defending Human Rights in Russia : Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner, 1969-2003. - 1st ed. - 1 online resource (243 pages) - BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies ; v.11 . - BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies .

Book Cover -- Half-Title -- Series Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedications -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Dissidentstvo -- 2. The Dissident Nomenklatura -- 3. The Supreme Soviet Human Rights Committee -- 4. The Presidential Human Rights Commission -- 5. The Chechen War 1994-96 -- 6. Troubling Times -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1 -- Appendix 2 -- Appendix 3 -- Bibliography -- Index.

Sergei Kovalyov is a central figure in the struggle for human rights in Russia. He was a leading Soviet biology academic and, in the 1970s after becoming active in dissident circles, was arrested by the KGB, tried, imprisoned and subjected to internal exile. After his release, he continued to work for human rights, eventually becoming chairman of the Soviet Human Rights Committee and chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Commission, in which positions he was extremely influential in framing human rights provisions in post-Communist Russia. He subsequently took President Yeltsin to task for human rights failings, eventually resigning in protest. This book, by tracing Kovalyov's political career, shows how human rights developed in Russia in late Soviet and post Soviet times.


Kovalev, S. A. -- (Sergeń≠ Adamovich), -- 1930-;Human rights -- Russia (Federation);Human rights -- Soviet Union.;Human rights workers -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography.;Human rights workers -- Soviet Union -- Biography.

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