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Alex Goldfarb is a Jewish-Russian microbiologist and activist. After studying Microbiology at Moscow University in the 1960s. He emigrated from USSR in 1974 and lived in Israel where he received his Ph.D from Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv and in Germany, where he had his post-doctoral training in Max Planck Institute. He became known in the 1980s for his helping refuseniks to defect from the USSR while working as an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York. He has worked with Dr. Paul Farmer to battle tuberculosis in Russian prisons.
Goldfarb helped Alexander Litvinenko leave Russia and prepare for publication the book Lubyanka Criminal Group.
As of 2007, Goldfarb heads the International Foundation for Civil Liberties established by Boris Berezovsky.