The founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Yuri Orlov, dies

Soviet and Russian physicist and human rights activist, founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Yuri Orlov, died at the age of 96, according to the website of the human rights organization.

It is noted that Orlov’s idea that citizens can monitor the implementation of the Helsinki agreements by the state led to the beginning of the international Helsinki movement. “We mourn with his family and friends and express our respect for his memory and his work,” the message says.

In the Soviet years, Orlov served 7 years in a camp and was in exile for 5 years. He was accused of “anti-Soviet propaganda and agitation.” In 1896, Orlov was expelled from the USSR in exchange for a Soviet intelligence officer arrested in the United States and stripped of Soviet citizenship.

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