Elena Bonner

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Elena Bonner is the wife of the legendary Russian physicist, Soviet-era dissident and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Andrei Sakharov.

Elena's father, Gevork Alikhanov, was a prominent Armenian communist and a secretary of the Comintern, the "general staff of the world revolution." Her Jewish mother, Ruth Bonner, was born in Siberia, joined the Communist Party in 1924, and was dedicated to bringing culture to the masses.

Upon returning to active life from an arduous and long exile in Gorky, Russia, Sakharov and Bonner campaigned tirelessly in defense of self-determination for the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and for all the peoples of the former Soviet Union.