Svetlana Gannushkina: The Investigation Must be Conducted in Accordance with the Law

posted 13 Nov 2012, 11:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Nov 2012, 11:50 ]
2 November 2012

“The fact that people were held in slavery for ten years in Russia’s capital at the beginning of the 21st Century represents a breakdown of the law enforcement system, which not only failed to prevent a series of serious crimes, but also condoned them. It is now imperative that when a crime is discovered an investigation should be conducted with all thoroughness and in accordance with the law. It is unacceptable that this case should become one of many migration cases involving the use of illegal labour, that the criminals might get off on a fine, and that their victims might be deported from Russia, making it impossible for them to testify in court and in the preliminary investigation”

- Svetlana Gannushkina on the cases of slavery discovered in Moscow's Golyanovo district.


Source: 'Svetlana Gannushkina: The Investigation Must be Conducted in Accordance with the Law,' HRO.org, 6 November 2012

Svetlana Gannushkina lives in Moscow. A member of the board of the Memorial Human Rights Centre, she heads the Civic Assistance Committee for refugees and IDPs and Memorial's Migration Rights Network.
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