Vladimir Bukovsky, the Soviet dissident and writer passed away at the age of 76. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. The message may be found at his official website.
"Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky, once dubbed “a hero of almost legendary proportion among the Soviet dissident movement” by the New York Times, died of cardiac arrest in Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, England at 9:30 PM Greenwich Time on 27 October, 2019. He was 76. His health had been poor in recent years. A gifted writer, Bukovsky was revered for his ability to document both the daily insults and grand oppression of Soviet prison life and to convey with detail the soul-crushing effects of torture on both prisoner and jailer", the message says.
Bukovsky was born in Belebey, Bashkiria (the autonomous republic in Russia, - 112 International), where his entire family was evacuated to. In Moscow, he became an active participant in the dissident movement.
In 1961, he was removed from Moscow university for participating in the anti-Soviet rallies. He was arrested and sentenced to forced treatment. In total, the outstanding writer spent 12 years in Soviet jails, camps and asylums.
In 1976, USSR exchanged Bukovsky for Luiz Corvalan, the leader of Chilean Communists. He settled in Cambridge and continued to write about political persecutions in the USSR. The writer also became of the organizers of the boycott of the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980.