Lev Ponomarev on the death of Vasily Aleksanyan

posted 4 Oct 2011, 00:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Oct 2011, 02:09 ]
Aleksanyan's death, no doubt, was hastened by the fact that he was kept in prison for a long time while he was seriously sick. He went blind in prison. We have a cruel system. And people are cruel, not only the system.


"Human rights veteran Lev Ponomarev said Aleksanyan would have lived longer if the authorities had not kept him in prison for nearly three years on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. 'Aleksanyan's death, no doubt, was hastened by the fact that he was kept in prison for a long time while he was seriously sick. He went blind in prison,' Ponomarev said, Interfax reported. 'We have a cruel system. And the people are cruel, not only the system.' He reiterated the belief of many supporters of Aleksanyan and his former boss, Khodorkovsky, that the case against Aleksanyan amounted to Kremlin punishment for Khodorkovsky's political and commercial ambitions." - source: The Moscow Times

Lev Ponomarev lives in Moscow and is director of the Movement For Human Rights.
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