Yelena Bonner died today in Boston.


Many people call themselves today human rights activists and freedom fighters. So many and so different are the people and their aims and causes that the very notions seem to have lost value. Yelena Bonner was the real thing. She fought together with her husband Andrei Sakharov for the human rights of the people oppressed by the Communist system – one of the most repressive in history. She spoke up when everybody else was silent. She never stopped fighting for the freedom of the people suffering under dictatorship and repression. She supported the right causes for all her life with no fear of prison or exile and nothing could silence her voice until the very last days of her life.

May her memory be blessed.