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Ivan Kondratenko: "This morning we discovered that the office of Amnesty International in Moscow had been sealed shut" (Facebook)

posted 3 Nov 2016, 23:12 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Nov 2016, 23:19 ]
2 November 2016

By Ivan Kondratenko, Amnesty International staff member in Moscow

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This morning we discovered that the office of Amnesty International in Moscow had been sealed shut, and the locks broken (with no new locks put in place). It was written [on the paper 'seal' - RiR] that to be able to remove our things we would have to write to the Moscow city property department. All our computers, documents, personal things - everything remained there, behind the closed doors. It would seem they came early in the morning. The computers' back-up batteries had just finished beeping, the electricity had been switched off. There had been no letter, no notification, not even a phone call. Amnesty has rented the office here for more than 20 years.

PS. At first we tried to find out what had happened. We phoned the number that was on the paper stuck on the door, but at the other end of the line there was just silence. We phoned the Moscow city property department, but they didn't know anything themselves yet. We've always paid our bills on time. This was the first and so far the only office that Amnesty has had in Moscow.
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