Vladimir Lukin: People Cannot be Forced to Repent Against their Will

posted 4 Jul 2012, 13:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Jul 2012, 13:02 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 02/07/12 

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Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, has said that those who took part in the punk-prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour should be released from prison, and that they cannot be forced to repent against their will, reports Novaya Gazeta, citing Interfax.  In an interview with Sergei Brilev on Rossiya 1’s Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday), broadcast in the Russian Far East, Lukin said: “There is one problem that needs to be solved as quickly as possible, preferably by yesterday: why are they [the members of Pussy Riot – Interfax] actually locked up? ... Why are they in prison without a speedy trial?” [Read more]