Moscow bids farewell to human rights activist and founder of the Glasnost Foundation Sergei Grigoryants
In the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, a farewell was held for the Soviet dissident and human rights activist Sergei Grigoryants, a Kommersant photojournalist reported. Sergei Grigoryants died March 15 at the age of 81. He was buried in the local cemetery.
In 1975, Sergei Grigoryants was sentenced to five years in prison for spreading fabrications discrediting the Soviet system and speculation (he sold foreign books, and also resold drawings and paintings).
In 1983, after the distribution of a bulletin on human rights violations in the USSR, he was again sentenced to seven years. In 1987, he created the Glasnost magazine and the human rights foundation of the same name. After the collapse of the USSR, he criticized the policy of the Russian authorities.