Pavel Chikov: 'The passport story reveals new depths of what the government can do'

posted 24 Sep 2014, 01:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Sep 2014, 01:59 ]
"The passport story reveals new depths of what the government can do. 
The problem is that the scandal is now taking international proportions. The government was unable to do it quietly." 

- Pavel Chikov, chair of Agora Human Rights Association

Pavel Chikov was commenting on the reported prevention of five rights advocates from leaving Russia to attend World the Conference on Indigenous Peoples organized by the UN in New York on 22-23 September 2014. The activists - Nadir Bekir, Anna Naikanchina, Svetlana Shmeleva, Valentina Sovkina and Rodion Sulyandziga - were unable to fly out because of incidents ranging from damaged passports to punctured tires and multiple police checks.  

Source: Ivan Nechepurenko, 'Russian Activists Prevented From Leaving Country by Torn Passports', The Moscow Times23 September 2014
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