13 Human Rights Groups in the Moscow Center for Human Rights
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CCSI received a fax in late November 1993 from Carol Hall, an American working at the Moscow Center for
Human Rights. She stated that members of organizations in the Center are eager to develop contacts with American organizations, particularly in these areas:
- Groups opposed to the death penalty.
- Professional psychiatric organizations, or other groups working in the field of psychiatric hospital reform.
- Groups working on the rights of the handicapped.
- People working against conscription and for humane conditions in a professional army.
- Groups that offer assistance to families who have lost sons or daughters in military service.
Founded in 1976 by Professor Yuri Orlov, the Moscow Helsinki Group claims to be the oldest Russian human rights organization. Today its projects include developing a network of human rights organizations among the newly independent states, and public education programs aimed at establishing a "legal culture."
Coordinator: Leonid Konstantinovich Kolevatov
The Public Center "Assistance," was created in 1989 to promote penal reform, protect the rights of prisoners, and carry on a variety of public education projects related to the Russian criminal
Director: Valery Fedorovich Abramkin
Tel: 206-86-84, 206-84-97
The Independent Psychiatric Asso-ciation, founded in 1988, carries out scientific, practical and policy-oriented activities. It works through indepedent commissions and legislative bodies, and also seeks to establish a "Rehabilitation and Research Center for Victims of Cruelty and Tortures."
President: Yuri Sergeevich Savenko
Tel and fax: (095) 206-86-39
Movement Without Frontiers was founded in 1992 to assist people denied the right of departure from Russia
and to influence legislative debates on the topic of "entry and exit" from Russia.
Coordinator: Boris Lvovich Altshuler
Director: Vladimir Vladimirovich Raskin
The Moscow Antifascist Center was formed in February 1989 in opposition to the emergence of bigoted and
chauvinistic groups such as Pamyat. The Center attends meetings of such groups, collects their literature, and monitors trials of so-called "red-brown" extremists.
Chairman: Evgeni Viktorovich Proshechkin
Tel: 449-80-03, 206-89-71
Civic Forum was formed in 1986 and registered in 1992, to work on behalf of socially "unprotected" groups
such as orphans, refugees, disabled people, and veterans. Civic Forum is part of a wider European movement that has members in France, Austria, Belgium, Ukraine, and other countries.
President: Alexander Dmitrievich Sabov
Executive Director: Sergey Ivanovich Strelnikov
"Mother's Right" Foundation was formed in 1990 "to protect the interests and rights of parents whose sons were lost in the army during active service in peacetime."
Chairwoman of the Board: Veronika Aleksandrovna Marchenko
The Society Against the Death Penalty offers legal assistance to individuals facing the death penalty and also seeks to improve conditions in Russian prisons.
Chairman: Victor Valentinovich Kogan-Yasni
The Society exists to defend individuals who have been prosecuted "for nothing more than engaging in free
enterprise." It also provides material assistance to the families of unjustly imprisoned businessmen.
Contact: Anatoly Feodosievich Vladyshevsky
The Omega Society, founded in 1992, seeks to stem the spread of inter-ethnic conflict in former Soviet
Contact: Viktor Alekseevich Polkov
Founded in 1992 to assist in raising the living standards of disabled people in Russia and other countries of
the former USSR.
Coordinator-President: Yuri Ivanovich Kiselev
Established in October 1991 to provide advisory and technical assistance to governmental and non-
governmental entities concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights.
Director: Mr. K. Ermichine
Founded in 1989 to defend the rights of servicemen on active duty. It investigates allegations of human
rights violations in the army and navy and advocates transition to a small professional army and the right to perform alternative civilian service.
Chairwoman: Mariya Ivanovna Kirbasova
This article is from the December 1993 issue of
Civil Society ... East and West
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Last updated: December 1993