Memorial Human Rights Centre publishes list of political prisoners

posted 31 Oct 2014, 12:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 31 Oct 2014, 13:12 ]
31 October 2014

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A year ago, we also published a list of persons, recognised as political prisoners in Russia by Memorial Human Rights Centre. There were 71 names on the list.

On the list published today there are 46 names.

As the website of the organization explains, the significant decrease in the number of political prisoners is due to the amnesty which affected 35 people from last year's list, 30 of whom are members of the Arctic Sunrise crew. Another two people, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, were pardoned. Ten people were set free because they had served their terms, had been released on parole, or were given punishments that did not entail imprisonment.

During the last year, 24 new names have been added to the list, which include political activists, a female human rights defender, an environmental campaigner, members of the international pan-Islamic political organisation, Hizb-ut Tahrir and journalists.

The last names added to the list earlier this month were those of the Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko, the opposition candidate and municipal deputy from Moscow Konstantin Yankauskas and of the opposition activist from Krasnodar Darya Poliudova.

As always, the list of political prisoners is not exhaustive and complete, and the inclusion of a person in the list does not imply Memorial’s agreement with their statements or actions.

The full list of those people recognised as political prisoners in Russia by Memorial can be found here.

Memorial Human Rights Centre

Translated by Ana-Maria Sibur