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October 28, 2019











Vladimir Bukovsky, a prominent representative of the dissident movement in the former Soviet Union, has died.
'Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky died of a cardiac arrest at Adenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge, at 9.30pm Greenwich on October 27, 2019. He was 76 years old.



In recent years, his health has deteriorated.' -  a message on Bukovsky's official website.
As a student at Moscow University in 1960, he attended poetry recitals of free-thinking activists at Mayakovsky's monument in central Moscow. Authorities arrested the dissidents and Bukovky himself was detained for the first time in 1963 for copying a book banned in the USSR.
In 1965, he was  arrested again for preparing a rally in defense of two dissidents and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital. He was released in 1966 after an active campaign in his defense in the West.There have been repeated arrests for protests and anti-Soviet activity.
In 1971, Bukovsky presented to the West 150 pages of documents exposing the repressive methods of Soviet psychiatry, which had become a tool for political purposes.
In 1972 he was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 5 years imprisonment for 'anti-Soviet agitation'.
In 1978, Bukovsky was swapped for Chilean Communist Party leader Luis Corvalan and emigrated to the UK.
 He graduated from Cambridge University.
He is the author of books (among them 'And the wind returns', 'Letters of a Russian traveler', ), articles, essays.
In 1991 he returned to Russia for the first time at the invitation of Boris Yeltsin.
In 2007, at the end of Vladimir Putin's second presidential term, the democratic opposition  proposed Bukovsky as Russia's presidential candidate, but the country's central election commission refused to register him.
In March 2015, he underwent severe cardiac surgery at a private clinic in Germany.


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