International Letter of Solidarity with Russian NGOs delivered to President Putin

posted 24 Nov 2014, 01:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Nov 2014, 05:23 ]
19 November 2014

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On 20th November 2014 Amnesty International representatives will deliver a letter of solidarity with Russian NGOs signed by more than one hundred civil society organizations from various countries to the presidential administration.

These signatures were collected in the framework of the week-long campaign held from 6 October to 12 October 2014 to demonstrate solidarity with Russian civil society.

For the last two years the Russian authorities have been putting unprecedented pressure on independent Russian NGOs, including smear campaigns in some Media outlets and the so-called law on “foreign agents”.

Since 2012, when the law was adopted, the authorities have been carrying out unexpected “inspections” of hundreds of NGOs. This letter is to be delivered to mark the second year of the adoption of the “foreign agent” law.

What: The letter, written on a large-format poster, will be delivered to the offices of the Presidential Administration.

Where: Presidential Administration, Moscow, Ilinka Street, building 23/16, Entrance 11.

When: 20 November 2014 at 15:00 Moscow Time

By whom: Representatives of Amnesty International, activists of the organisation

The director of the representative office of Amnesty International in Russia will be available for interviews.

For all interview requests please contact: Moscow, Sergei Nikitin, +7 903 286 2559

Translated by Olga Cable