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The Public Commission to Protect the Legacy of Andrei Sakharov

The Public Commission was formed in 1990 through the initiative of Yelena Bonner. The group oversees both the Sakharov Center and the Sakharov Archives. A Management committee is selected from the members of the group to govern the day-to-day work of the Sakharov Center.

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Vyacheslav Bakhmin – Chairman of the Management committee. Participated in the dissident human rights movement in the USSR, helped organize the Commission to Investigate Political Abuse of Psychiatry (1977) and was consequently imprisoned, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, led the Department of International, Humanitarian, and Cultural Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1991-1995). Currently a consultant for the Charles Steward Mott Foundation and the Chairman of the Expert board of the Polytechnic Museum.

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Leonid Litinski – Deputy Chairman of the Management committee, PhD in physics/mathematics, senior research fellow, director of dynamic neural network research at the System Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Anatoli Shabad – Deputy Chairman of the Management committee, Dr. Hab. in physics/mathematics, principle research fellow of the Theoretical physics department at the P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Academician Sakharov’s authorized representative for 1989 People’s Deputies election campaign. People’s Deputy and Deputy of the 1st State Duma.

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Sergei Kovalev – member of the Management committee. Participated in the dissident human rights movement in the USSR and served a lengthy prison term as a result. Deputy of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd State Duma, the first Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Human Rights and the first Human rights Ombudsman of the Russian Federation. Chairman of Russian historical, enlightenment and human rights “The Memorial” society, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group.

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Valentin Gefter – member of the Management committee. Director of the Institute of Human Rights, one of the editors of the «Russian Bulletin of Human Rights», member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.

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Ilya Budraitskis – member of the Management Committee, post-graduate fellow at the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences specializing in political history of the Soviet Union, actual social and aesthetic theory. Member of the editorial board of the Moscow Art Magazine.

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Leonid Bazhanov – art critic, art historian, curator, artistic director of the National Center for Contemporary Arts.

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Tatyana Vorozheikina – scholarship fellow of the Andrei Sakharov Program on Human Rights with the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Professor of the Financial University at the Government of the Russian Federation.

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Svetlana Gannushkina – Chairperson of the Civic Assistance Committee, member of the Manafement board of “The Memorial” society.

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Tatyana Lokshina - Russia program director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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Alexander Pumpyanski – international journalist, editor, author, screenwriter, documentary film maker. President of the Academy of Free Press, Wacław Worowski prize winner.

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Yuli Rybakov – human rights activist, former political prisoner, Deputy of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd State Duma, Chairman of the Human Rights Subcommittee, founder of the “Terra Incognita” magazine.

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Anna Sevortyan – Executive director of the EU – Russia Civil Society Forum.

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 Boris Bolotovski – Chairman of the Auditing committee. Full professor, Dr. Hab. in physics/mathematics, principle research fellow of the I. E. Tamm Theoretical physics department at the P. N. Lebedev Institute of Physics in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Honorary president of the Foundation for Support of Fundamental Physics.