Statement by Memorial on Gazprom and Freedom of the Press

posted 16 Feb 2012, 23:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Feb 2012, 23:33 ]
Source: (info), 15/02/12 

· Freedom of expression 

The Russian authorities have issued calls ‘not to rock the boat’, but they have not themselves acted in line with this precept. Instead of doing what the public has demanded and holding fresh parliamentary elections, the authorities have organized fresh elections to the board of the Echo of Moscow radio station. This step is a much clearer indication of the authorities’ true degree of readiness for democratic change than any promised bills on electoral reform. [Read more]