Elena Bonner, the widow of the famous Soviet dissident, Andrei D. Sakharov, died yesterday. After Sakharov’s death, Elena continued to fight for human rights in Russia after 1991. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, those of us who followed the work of the dissidents had hoped that human rights would be a top priority for the Russian government. However, not surprisingly, for a country that had a liberal democracy for only 9 months before the October Revolution, the Putin government has viewed human rights as expendable. Elena Bonner continued to fight the government for the rights of those most vulnerable. I am sorry to see that she has died.
Read more in this New York Times article.