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Yelena Bonner dies at 88; wife of Andrei Sakharov was a Soviet human rights activist
Yelena Bonner dies at 88; wife of Andrei Sakharov was a Soviet human rights activist

Reporting from Moscow -- Yelena Bonner, human rights activist and widow of Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, has died. She was 88. Bonner died Saturday afternoon in Boston after a long illness, said her daughter, Tatiana Yankelevich. Bonner had lived in the United States since 2003. "Sakharov and Bonner together had done more for our country than a huge number of politicians," Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Solidarity opposition movement and a former deputy prime minister of Russia, said Sunday. "The demise of such a Soviet dissident as Yelena Bonner is a huge loss for our society, which is badly disoriented by cynicism and cruelty and where...

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