Ludmila Alekseeva put forward for Nobel Peace Prize

6 February 2013 

Source: (info)
US Senator Benjamin Cardin has written to the Nobel Committee nominating the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Ludmila Alekseeva, for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Voice of America's Russian service, which has a copy of the senator's letter, reports.

Calling Alekseeva "a heroine and a patriot", Cardin explained his choice by referring to the over half a century of work by the doyenne of Russia's human rights defenders, thanks to whom "the curve of history has bent to the side of justice."

"Although the Soviet Union no longer exists, Alekseeva's efforts remain just as relevant and necessary in Russia, where certain powerful individuals strive to restrict universal civil rights and destroy all that has been achieved after the collapse of the communist system," wrote Cardin.

The senator stresses that "in her 85 years Alekseeva has been true to her mission as a person who holds a candle in the darkness, inspiring the next generation of activists to defend the freedom and democracy which is their birth right."

Cardin also told the Committee that Alekseeva, as a true dissident, did not fear threats or persecution. Recalling the words of Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov on the unbreakable link between fundamental freedoms and safety, Cardin writes: "Alekseeva is more than a defender of human rights. She is a peacemaker."