VLADIMIR PETROVICH LUKIN (Russian : Влади́мир
Петро́вич Луки́н, born 13 July 1937,
Omsk ) is Russian
liberal political activist who served as Human Rights Commissioner of
Russia from February 2004 to March 2014. He is the President of the
Russian Paralympic Committee .
Vladimir Lukin was raised by his relatives, as his parents had been
repressed by the
Stalinist regime soon after his birth.
In 1990s, Lukin was one of the founders of the liberal-democratic
Yabloko Party (the letter L in "Yabloko" came from his name). He
previously served as the deputy chairman of the Russian Duma , chair
of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee and as
Ombudsman . He is a
director on the board of the
Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and is
also a former Ambassador to the United States . He is considered a
long-time specialist in U.S.-Soviet/Russian strategic arms control
issues and is a member of Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense
Policy , an independent association of national security experts.
On 18 February 2009, at President Medvedev's recommendation, the
Russian Duma voted him another five-year term as human rights
commissioner. This term expired in March 2014, and Lukin was replaced
Ella Pamfilova .
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