Aleksei Gaskarov: “The right to free assembly is a basic right and you can’t turn your back on it"

posted 28 Oct 2016, 00:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Oct 2016, 23:39 ]
“The right to free assembly is a basic right and you can’t turn your back on it. No matter what the current regime is, protests are a chance to influence our country.”

- Aleksei Gaskarov

On 27 October 2016 Aleksei Gaskarov was released from prison having served his 3.5 year prison sentence. imposed in connection with the Bolotnaya Square case, in fulll. 

Amnesty International stated on 21 February 2014: “What happened on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012 was not the quelling of a riot, but the crushing of a protest. The Bolotnaya trial has not exposed orchestrated violence, but rather a criminal justice system that is entirely malleable to the dictates of its political masters”

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Source:
Eva Hartog, 'Upon Release, Russian Activist Jailed for Anti-Putin Protest Says, "Defend Your Rights",' The Moscow Times, 27 October 2016
'Russia: Guilty verdict in Bolotnaya case - injustice at its most obvious,' Amnesty International, 21 February 2014
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