Obituaries

Dmytro Groisman, trailblazer for rights in Ukraine

KIEV — Dmytro Groisman, a pioneering Ukrainian rights advocate, has died after years of battling heart disease, his colleague said. He was 41.

Mr. Groisman was one of the leading rights defenders in post-Soviet Ukraine, earning widespread respect as a relentless campaigner for justice and crusader against official abuse.

Advertisement

He was one of the founders of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International and for years campaigned against capital punishment. He then set up the Vinnytsia Human Rights group, which helped refugees and fought against abuse and torture in prisons. His work earned him numerous foes in the government, and he was charged with distributing pornography, an accusation he dismissed as absurd and politically motivated.

Fellow activist Maksym Butkevych said that Mr. Groisman died Aug. 6 of a heart attack after a long illness.

Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com