Liudmila Alekseeva: "Hundreds of activists are putting everything on the line — their freedom, their families — to continue human rights work in Russia"

posted 24 Feb 2016, 22:41 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Feb 2016, 22:45 ]
"Several years ago, my organization stopped accepting foreign funding because I felt I couldn’t ask my team to take the risks that came with the label of “foreign agent.” But I fully support my colleagues in the human rights movement who have courageously withstood the legal and political onslaught. I don’t have answers to the hard questions. But I refuse to abandon hope. So do the hundreds of activists who are putting everything on the line — their freedom, their families — to continue human rights work in Russia. They’re fighting for the values that attracted Western aid in the first place. Donors need to find ways to support them. Surely they have faced bigger challenges elsewhere in the world. Surely the project of defending freedom in Russia is worth pursuing while there are Russians willing to stand up for it."

- Liudmila Alekseeva, chair of Moscow Helsinki Group


Source: Liudmila Alekseeva, 'In Russia, human rights groups need Western aid more than ever,' The Washington Post, 24 February 2016
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