Soviet dissident Bonner dies: daughter

19th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, has died after a long illness at the age of 88, her daughter was quoted as saying Sunday.

Bonner died in Boston, where she had a residence, her daughter Tatiana Yankelevich said a statement quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.

She had been an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union since the late 1960s and married the nuclear physicist Sakharov in 1972.

Sakharov died at the age of 68 in 1989 in the closing years of the Soviet regime.

© 2011 AFP

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