In 1976, 20 years after Nikita Khrushchev's "secret speech" denouncing Stalin's crimes, Alexeyeva was among the founders of the Moscow Helsinki Group
, focused on monitoring Soviet compliance with the Helsinki Accords, which had been concluded the previous year by 35 governments from Europe and North America.
She had denounced human rights violations in the Soviet Union for decades, and more recently worked at the Moscow Helsinki Group
to denounce human rights violations, offering assistance to victims.
Alexeyeva, founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group
, was well known for challenging Russian authorities over human rights issues dating back to the 1960s, including taking a strong stand against President Vladimir Putin.
On the 40th anniversary of the Moscow Helsinki Group
, a Soviet refusenik recalls how a dissident band of intellectuals turned the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords into a meaningful and effective document.
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a veteran of Russia's human rights movement and head of the respected Moscow Helsinki Group
, welcomed the news on asylum for Snowden, but added that his quest for freedom of information has landed him in a country that has little respect for that and other freedoms.
The country's oldest rights organization, the Moscow Helsinki Group
, has said it will close down its offices rather than comply, and most other prominent rights groups have said they would not register under the new legislation.
The head of the Moscow Helsinki Group
, Lyudmila Alekseyeva, said: "They must be released, they must be apologised to, they must receive compensation for the time they've spent in custody.
"It's a very cruel and absurd sentence that proves the well-known fact that Russia has no independent courts," said Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a veteran rights activist and chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group
Toward the end of the luncheon, Lyudmila Alexeeva, the slim and pale 82-year-old chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group
, Russia's oldest and most venerable human rights organization, gestured impatiently for the microphone.
And it produced a document authorising a transfer of pounds 23,000 to the Moscow Helsinki Group
, a leading Russian human rights group who have been a persistent critic of President Vladimir Putin.
Some of the groups that the Russians have linked to the affair - though without specifying any violations of law - include the Moscow Helsinki Group
, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights, the Eurasian Foundation and the Committee Against Torture.
The Russian penal system has begun to open itself to oversight by the public, allowing the Moscow Helsinki Group
to establish a network of monitors in 83 of Russia's 89 regions.