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Russia: More Imprisonments for Protesters

Washington

In response to a new series of  convictions in the Bolotnaya Square case handed down today by Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky Court, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“By continuing its outrageous practice of imprisoning participants in the May 2012 Bolotnaya Square protests, the Russian government is sending a grim message to  civil society activists and ordinary citizens that the exercise of fundamental rights—including protests against corruption in modern day Russia—can lead to serious repression,” stated David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “The names of Alexey Gaskarov, Alexander Margolin, and Ilya Guschin will go down in Russia as the latest victims of political persecution by the state.”

Gaskarov, Margolin, and Guschin were given sentences of 2.5 to 3.5 years; a fourth person, Elena Kokhtareva, was given a suspended sentence of three years and three months with three years of probation. A total of 31 individuals have faced charges as part of the Bolotnaya Square case, making it the largest instance of political persecution in Russia this century.  Seventeen of them have been convicted.

Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Russia, visit:
Op-ed: The Dangerous Mr. Putin
Freedom in the World 2014: Russia
Nations in Transit 2014: Russia
Freedom of the Press 2014: Russia
Freedom on the Net 2013: Russia
Freedom House on Russia: 2003-2014

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