The Police Are Not A Social Group

posted 29 Oct 2011, 01:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Oct 2011, 01:30 ]
Source: (info), 18/10/11 

A joint statement by Memorial’s Anti-Discrimination Centre and the Sova Centre for Information and Analysis. 

“In early October, the St. Petersburg branch of the National Investigative Committee dropped criminal charges against Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolaev. A year after bringing charges against the two members of the Voina performance art group, accused of overturning police cars as part of their action ‘Palace Revolution’ in September 2010, the investigation failed to establish that a crime had been committed under Article 213, Section 1 (paragraph b) of the Russian Federation Criminal Code. 

The Investigative Committee concluded that Vorotnikov and Nikolaev cannot be brought to trial on charges of hooliganism motivated by hatred and enmity towards a social group, since ‘no definitive opinion currently exists as to whether the police can be deemed a specific social group’. [Read more]