Liudmila Alekseeva: "The authorities should seek to persuade, not intimidate, us"

posted 7 Nov 2017, 02:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Nov 2017, 03:01 ]
"Vladimir Vladimirovich, we must change the attitude of the authorities to citizens. They should seek to persuade, not intimidate, us. This is harder, but it is the only path to normalisation of relations between government and citizens, especially insofar as the thinking part of society is concerned. Of course, this part is always a minority, but it is growing all the time"

- Liudmila Alekseeva, chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group

From a statement by Liudmila Alekseeva at a session of the Presidential Human Rights Council with President Putin on 30 October 2017. To see a video of the statement, click here