Human rights activist Sergei Kovalev dies
Russian human rights activist and member of the Soviet dissident movement Sergei Kovalev died in Moscow at the age of 91. This is reported by “Echo of Moscow” with reference to his relatives.
Sergey Kovalev graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Moscow State University, published more than 60 scientific papers, received a PhD in Biological Sciences.
In 1969 he became a member of the Initiative Group for the Defense of Human Rights in the USSR, the first independent human rights association in the country. Two years later, he became actively involved in the publication of the Chronicle of Current Events, an underground bulletin of Soviet human rights defenders.
At the end of 1974, Kovalev was arrested on charges of “anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda.” For this he was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years in exile.
In 1990, Kovalev became a People’s Deputy of the RSFSR. From 1993 to 2003 he was a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Participated in the development of the second chapter of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
Sergei Kovalev was the first Russian ombudsman for human rights in the Russian Federation. He held this position from January 1994 to May 1995. He was also the chairman of the Memorial Society .