“6 May Committee” Speaks Out in Defence of Those Charged over Bolotnaya Square Demonstration

posted 17 Jul 2012, 06:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Jul 2012, 06:22 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 13/07/12 

· Right of assembly  · Human rights defenders  · Persecution of activists  · Public protest  · Мoscow city & Moscow region 

On 12 July 2012, Sergei Davidis and Anna Karetnikova, members of the board of the Memorial Human Rights Centre and head and staff member respectively of Memorial's programme to support political prisoners, took part in a press conference of the 6 May Committee on the campaign to defend those who are either suspects or have been charged in connection with the criminal investigation into the alleged "mass disorders" of 6 May 2012 on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow (the 6 May Commitee coordinates support and assistance to defendants in relation to this investigation). It will be recalled that criminal proceedings were brought pursuant to the laws on mass disorder and use of force against public officials on the day of the events. Fourteen people have been charged, 11 of whom are in custody, one is under house arrest, and two have been released on their own recognisance. Memorial considers these matters to be political (see the declaration here). [Read more]