Defending Human Rights in Russia: Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner, 1969-2003

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Routledge, 24/06/2004 - 272 páginas
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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.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Dissidentstvo
8
2 The Dissident Nomenklatura
59
3 The Supreme Soviet Human Rights Committee
78
4 The Presidential Human Rights Commission
129
5 The Chechen War 199496
149
6 Troubling Times
191
Conclusion
200
Appendix 1
205
Appendix 2
208
Appendix 3
210
Bibliography
212
Index
221
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Emma Gilligan received a Ph.D from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2002. She spent five years in Moscow, researching for this book and working for The Andrei Sakharov Foundation. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow with the History Department at the University of Chicago working on a book on human rights and Chechnya.

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