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'Everything is in Place for Arbitrary Rule' - an Interview with Sergei Kovalev

posted 9 Nov 2012, 12:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Nov 2012, 13:48 ]
2 November 2012 

Elena Masyuk interviews Sergei Kovalev, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, in Novaya gazeta

Source: Novaya gazeta

Sergei Adamovich Kovalev: Soviet dissident and human rights activist, served 7 years in the Perm 36 labour camp for “anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda” under Article 70 of the RSFSR Criminal Code and spent a further 3 years in exile in the Magadan Region. He was a deputy of the State Duma of the first, second and third convocations, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the first Human Rights Commissioner in Russia. In March 1995 State Duma deputies removed Kovalev from his post for his outspoken opposition to the war in Chechnya. 

“How long do you think Chechnya will remain a part of Russia?”

“I wish I knew. I think it depends on the type of course, the type of political model that will eventually take shape in Russia. Whether Putinesque stability remains in place or not. We live in a country of imitations, and stability is one of those imitations.” [Read more]