John Crowfoot on calls to repeal anti-protest law

posted 21 Dec 2015, 03:41 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Dec 2015, 04:01 ]
20 December 2015

“The first sentence passed under a draconian anti-protest law in Russia has proved even more repressive than demanded by the prosecutor,” reported Halya Coynash of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group on 8 December 2015. “Judge Natalya Dudar from Moscow’s notorious Basmanny Court has sentenced civic activist Ildar Dadin to three years imprisonment against the two years demanded.” 

This view from across the border in Ukraine continued:

“Dadin is well-known to Ukrainians for his active support for Euromaidan, which is likely to have contributed to this appalling sentence. It is also probably part of a mounting crackdown on peaceful opposition to the current regime.”

Halya Coynash’s report about the Kremlin’s first use of Article 212.1 is well worth reading, together with recent items, of course, on this website (see “Person of the Week” Weekly Update, 14 December 2015, 46 (188) )

A campaign for repeal

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