The establishment of the ISHR in 1972 and the Soviet Union
The establishment of the ISHR is closely linked to the history of the Soviet Union. The founder of the ISHR, was a “Soviet Russian” from the Pskov region, Ivan I. Agrusow (1924 -2012). The founder of ISHR was for helping political prisoners and dissidents (opposition activists) from the Soviet Union – a vital point in the Federal Republic because he spoke their language and he understood the people from his home.
In 1972 he founded the Society for Human Rights which was tasked with uncovering the human rights violations behind the “Iron Curtain” in order to support the people who lived there.
The historical connection of the ISHR with the USSR has contributed to the creation of national sections in many countries of the former Soviet Union since 1991. Therefore there is already a close cooperation between our sections in all Eastern Partnership countries and Russia, the target countries of this project.