Liudmila Alekseeva: "We are not living in a country governed by the rule of law"

posted 11 Apr 2017, 10:44 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 10:48 ]
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What worries me most is the tendency for the authorities once again to talk to citizens from a position of strength, both during the protest [of 26 March] and after it, resorting to intimidation and deceit. For example, television channels in Russia have as yet made almost no mention of the event, despite its importance for our country’s public life. Judging by the President’s public utterances, the authorities have no desire to talk to members of civil society about what is worrying them, or to meet them half way – they still want to scare people and force them to stay at home instead of resolving issues through compromise. [...] We are not living in a country governed by the rule of law"

- Liudmila Alekseeva, chair Moscow Helsinki Group

Source:
'Liudmila Alekseeva: Once again, the authorities are resorting to intimidation and deceit,' Moscow Helsinki Group, 1 April 2017 [translation: Rights in Russia]
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