Andrei Sakharov Foundation

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The Andrei Sakharov Foundation (USA) "is closely related to several organizations in the United States and Russia, all of them dedicated to the preservation of the memory of Andrei Sakharov, promotion of his ideas and the defense of human rights.

"The Sakharov Foundation(Russia)/Public Commission was organized shortly after his death on December 14, 1989. The Andrei Sakharov Foundation (USA) was organized in 1990 in order to support the Russian Commission.

"On May 21, 1994, the 73rd anniversary of Sakharov's birth, the The Sakharov Archives in Moscow was dedicated. The Archives are currently located in an apartment given to the Andrei Sakharov Foundation (Russia) by the Moscow City Council. The Archive contains thousand of documents pertaining to Sakharov's life and activities, as well as materials on the history of the human rights movement in the USSR.

"In September 1995, the city of Moscow gave to the Andrei Sakharov Foundation (Russia) an elegant two-storey building located in a handsome park across the street from the Sakharov Archives. Plans for needed repairs and alterations have been completed and Elena Bonner, Sakharov's widow and chair of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, dedicated the building as The Andrei Sakharov Museum and Community Center for the Russian human rights movement on May 21, 1996, the 75th anniversary of Sakharov's birth. A visible and energetic The Andrei Sakharov Museum and Community Center for "PEACE, PROGRESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS" is serving as a much-needed rallying point for Russian liberals and will help preserve Sakharov's dream of an open society." [1]

Has received funding from the NED.


Accessed August 2007: [2]


Board of Directors

  • Andrew Blane - Professor Emeritus of Russian History, City University of New York
  • Elena Bonner (Mrs. Andrei Sakharov) - Physician, writer
  • Antonina W. Bouis - Bouis Associates Consulting
  • Whitney Ellsworth - Human rights activist, former publisher of The New York Review of Books, former chairman of Amnesty International, USA
  • Felice Gaer - Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for Advancement of Human Rights
  • Scott Horton - Partner, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler; President, International League for Human Rights
  • Edward Kline - Publisher, president of Chekhov Publishing Corporation.
  • Leon Lipson (1921-1996) - Professor of Law, Yale University
  • Green Miller William - President, American Committee on US-Soviet relations and the International Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humanity. US Ambassador to Ukraine (1993-1998)
  • Alexey Semyonov - President, Prime Task, Inc
  • Richard Wilson - Physicist, Harvard University. (

Board of Advisors

  • Robert Bernstein - Publisher, president of Human Rights Watch
  • Caroline Cox - Member of the House of Lords
  • Sydney Drell - Physicist, Stanford University, National Academy of Sciences
  • Herman Feshbach - Physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Academy of Sciences
  • Lane Kirkland - Past president of AFL-CIO
  • Joel L. Lebowitz - Mathematician, Rutgers University, National Academy of Sciences
  • Alan McGowan - Engineer & science publicist, director of Scientific Information Services
  • Leo Nevas - Lawyer, president of International League for Human Rights
  • Yuri Orlov - Physicist, Cornell University , National Academy of Sciences
  • Arno Penzias - Physicist, Bell Lab, National Academy of Sciences, recipient of Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Richard Pipes - Historian, Harvard University
  • Mstislav Rostropovich - Cellist, Director Emeritus of National Symphony Orchestra
  • George Soros - Financier , chairman of Soros Foundations
  • Cyrus R. Vance - Lawyer, Secretary of State, 1977-1979



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  1. The Andrei Sakharov Foundation, The Andrei Sakharov Foundation, accessed August 24, 2007.
  2. Officers, The Andrei Sakharov Foundation, accessed August 24, 2007.