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MOSCOW, February 17 (Itar-Tass) – The death of Grigory Pomerants is a great loss for the whole human rights movement, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Public Chamber Vladislav Grib told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, we should state that such great personalities as Grigory Solomonovich Pomerants pass away. His works exerted a major influence on the development of the whole human rights movement. This is a heavy loss not only for his family, but for the whole human rights community,” he said.
“It is important that such personalities should be remembered and well-known,” he noted. “To my mind, it is needed so that his activities would be probably reflected in instituting some prize or foundation named after him,” Grib stated. The member of the Russian Public Chamber noted that “today many people know foreign great thinkers, philosophers, human rights activists, but it is important so that Russia will remember and will be acquainted with the activities of Russian scientists and scholars.”
Wife of the scientist Zinaida Mirkina reported about the death of Grigory Pomerants in her LiveJournal blog on Saturday. “On February 16, 2013, Grigory Solomonovich Pomerants died at the age of 94 years. Eternal memory to him!” she wrote down.
Grigory Pomerants was born on March 13, 1918 in Lithuania. He was a famous philosopher, cultural scholar, writer and a human rights activist. Pomerants is also known as an author of philosophical pieces of work, which were distributed in the samizdat, which was the dissident underground press in the Soviet Union, in the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, and which influenced massively the vision of the liberal intelligentsia.
The burial place and the time of Pomerants’s funerals are not reported yet.