Ludmila Alekseeva and Lev Ponomarev on Sergei Udaltsov

posted 21 Oct 2011, 00:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Oct 2011, 00:35 ]
Under the rule of the tandem of Putin and Medvedev on many occasions peaceful acts of civic protest have been, and continue to be, prevented, political and trade union activists have been persecuted, and the shoots of growth of civil society have been trampled underfoot. 

- from a public appeal signed, among others, by Ludmila Alekseeva and Lev Ponomarev

"The Russian authorities have on more than one occasion declared that our country is adhering to a democratic course. However, that this is not the case is shown almost on a daily basis. In this instance we wish to call attention to the well-known public figure Sergei Udaltsov. [...] Over the past year Sergei Udaltsov has been subjected to administrative imprisonment on ten occasions, he has been detained several times each month merely for expressing his views as a citizen. [...] In Russia the trials of those in political opposition have long since ceased to be a real embodiment of the law. Such notorious ‘judges’ as Stashina, Borovkova, Krivoruchko and others crudely flout the norms of law, ignore the evidence of innocence given by activists, ‘do not trust’ the evidence of tens of witnesses and the video recordings made by them, while at the same time always ‘trusting’ the obviously false testimony given by law enforcement officers, and also write open lies in their judgments. We have every reason to assume that the authorities put pressure on these judges and therefore the judges cannot be objective in their dispensation of justice. The courts have become a means of retribution against dissenters. [...] Under the rule of the tandem of Putin and Medvedev on many occasions peaceful acts of civic protest have been, and continue to be, prevented, political and trade union activists have been persecuted, and the shoots of growth of civil society have been trampled underfoot. Today we demand an end to violations against Sergei Udaltsov, who for more than a year now has been detained and imprisoned on a regular basis and whom the authorities are trying to frighten and whose will they are trying to break! We demand that the authorities allow Sergei Udaltsov and other political, social and trade union activists, who are being intimidated, to conduct their activities without hindrance. Freedom for prisoners of conscience! No to political repressions!" 

- from a public appeal by human rights defenders and civic activists published on the website of Left Front , 18 October 2011. See also ‘Stop the Violations against Udaltsov!’, HRO.org in English, and in Russian on HRO.org


Ludmila Alekseeva lives in Moscow and is chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group. She is a member of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights.

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