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May 8, 1984: "Twelve weeks before the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the USSR has announced it is boycotting them. It is expected most of the Eastern Bloc will follow suit... The Soviet Union accused the United States of using the games "for political purposes" and "stirring up anti-Soviet propaganda" and of having a "cavalier attitude to security of Russian Athletes" (courtesy: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/8/newsid_2518000/2518931.stm)

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1989 Photo-Andrei Sakharov....... (1921-1989) Nuclear Physicist, Marxist Dissident, Human Rights Activist

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Oct 9 - ON THIS DAY in 1975, Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR's first hydrogen bomb, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his struggle against "the abuse of power and violations of human dignity in all its forms."

Russian human rights group faces threat of closure

Memorial, a human rights organization founded by Andrei Sakharov, is to be dismantled and declared a foreign agent by Putin's government. A protester holds a sign reading "I am waiting for changes" at an opposition rally in 2012.

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Yelena Bonner obituary

Yelena Bonner (1923-2011)........ (Lusik Georgievna Alikhanova) Human Rights Activist / Wife of Andrei Sakharov

Malala Yousafzai wins EU's Sakharov human rights prize

The autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for supporting girls’ education, will be released on Tuesday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban attack that almost killed her.

Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989), Soviet nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist. "[for his] struggle for human rights, for disarmament, and for cooperation between all nations"

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