Human Rights Defenders Issue Statement on Anniversary of Arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

posted 26 Oct 2011, 12:19 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Oct 2011, 12:21 ]
Source: (info), 26/10/11 

Human rights defenders have published an open statement on the anniversary of the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of the Yukos oil company. In the statement, Khodorkovsky’s supporters call the verdicts handed down to both Khodorovsky and Platon Lebedev, former head of Menatep, ‘unjust’, and state that the removal from office of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is ‘one of the main changes that our country needs’. 

The text of the statement was published on 25 October on the website, writes Maria Muromskaya, correspondent The authors of the statement write that these verdicts “clearly showed that no one in Russia today can be certain of their liberty” and “erased the hopes of millions of citizens for the establishment of the rule of law and justice”. [Read more]