Human rights defenders appeal to Vladimir Putin to amnesty Bolotnaya prisoners

posted 22 Nov 2013, 14:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Nov 2013, 14:15 ]
21 November 2013 

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Members of the Human Rights Council and of the independent commission investigating the events of 6 May 2012 have sent an open letter to Vladimir Putin requesting amnesty for the 'Bolotnaya prisoners'. 

"To the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, 

Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, 

We are very hopeful that the State Duma will announce a blanket amnesty to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Russian Constitution, as is customary around the world on such ceremonial dates. All of the public campaigns on this issue that we know of are geared towards the release of those accused of crimes not involving the use of violence. It would have a hugely positive impact on the climate of opinion in the country. However, it inevitably raises the question of what will become of the defendants in the so-called Bolotnaya case. The prosecution is proceeding on the basis that mass riots took place on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012. We have our doubts that the leadership of the Russian Federal Investigative Committee and Public Prosecutor's Office will provide you with objective information on the case." [Read more