Sergei Nikitin: "Nobody should be locked up just for holding a placard and standing in a public square"

posted 10 May 2015, 01:17 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 May 2015, 06:25 ]
"Nobody should be locked up just for holding a placard and standing in a public square – the fact that these three individuals are being deprived of their liberty for doing just that is yet more evidence of the Kremlin’s ongoing efforts to stamp out all visible dissent. The grounds for charging them are contrary to human rights and they must be released immediately. They have been imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and are prisoners of conscience.”

- Sergei Nikitin, Director of the Moscow office of Amnesty International

Source: 'Russia: Three opposition protesters locked up after Bolotnaya anniversary pickets,' Amnesty International, 8 May 2015

On 8 May 2015 a court in Moscow sentenced three activists -  Aleksandr Ryklin, Sergei Sharov-Delaunay and Irina Kalmykova - were sentenced to terms in jail after they participated in a peaceful protest in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on 6 May to mark the third anniversary of the violent dispersal by police of a protest on the square in 2012.

Aleksandr Ryklin and Sergei Sharov-Delaunay were sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention after they staged single-person pickets, while Irina Kalmykova was sentenced to six in jail. The judge refused to admit Kalmykova's lawyer to her trial.