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Open letter to Ivan Pavlov from the Memorial Research and Information Centre (Cogita!ru)

posted 7 Sep 2014, 09:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Sep 2014, 09:23 ]
3 September 2014

An open letter to Ivan Pavlov from the Memorial Research and Information Centre landed on the desk of the Cogita!ru editorial offices. The letter had been sent to Pavlov on the 24th August 2014, and is published here with the consent of all involved. 

Source: Cogita!ru 

To the chair of the Institute for Freedom of Information Development, the lawyer Ivan Pavlov, 

Dear Ivan, 

We don’t need to tell you how shaken and outraged we are by the provocation against you and your family. We, like all rational minded people in Russia and abroad, don’t for a second doubt that the decision taken by the Russian authorities to deport your wife, Jennifer Gaspar, from the country, under the pretext that she allegedly “supports the overthrow of the foundations of Russia’s constitutional system,” and thus represents a “threat to national security,” is nothing other than a special operation, directed first and foremost against you. It is enacting personal revenge against a man who has consistently and effectively defended Russian academics and civil society activists against provocations from the secret services, asserted the rights of independent researchers to access historical records, successfully fought against attempts by the authorities to brand independent non-governmental organisations as “foreign agents.” It is no coincidence that this special operation against you and Jennifer was launched so soon after you succeeded in proving that the accusations the FSB brought against the St Petersburg physicist Igor Baranov were groundless, achieving the collapse of yet another “spy case,” and after you brought one of the most absurd prosecutions of recent years to the European Court of Human Rights- the case of the historian, Professor Mikhail Suprun, who was convicted by the Arkhangel Court of “public disclosure of personal secrets,” secrets which had been disclosed as part of a list of victims of Stalin’s terror. [Read more]

Translated by Holly Jones