France honours Russian rights activist

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4 October 2007, MOSCOW (AFP) - France on Wednesday honored Ludmilla Alexeeva, a former Soviet dissident and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with its highest award for her work as head of a Moscow-based rights group.

4 October 2007

MOSCOW (AFP) - France on Wednesday honored Ludmilla Alexeeva, a former Soviet dissident and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with its highest award for her work as head of a Moscow-based rights group.

"The conditions under which the Helsinki group works today are nothing like those under the Soviet Union, but they are not easy," French ambassador Stanislas de Laboulaye said as he made her officer of the Legion of Honour.

"Your fight remains as necessary as ever, as it is in every democratic society," he added.

Alexeeva, 80, was a founding member of the Helsinki group in 1976, and continues to speak out against human rights abuses in Chechnya, mistreatment in prisons and an arbitrary judiciary.

"This award is recognition for all the members of the Helsinki group and all human rights defenders in Russia," she said.

AFP

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