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Human rights advocates report twofold increase of political prisoners in Russia
12:10, 29 October 2016
Human rights advocates report twofold increase of political prisoners in Russia

The head of Support of Political Prisoners and Persecuted Civil Activists Program Sergei Davidis explained that the Memorial lists are not complete due to lots of cases haven’t been considered yet by the court.

12:10, 29 October 2016

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Human rights center Memorial report that the number of political prisoners has gone twice bigger in the Russian Federation over the last year. The Memorial message reads that the prison population and the detained and those under the house arrest were regarded as political prisoners.

This year the human rights divided the political prisoners into two lists: those convicted for violating religious freedom and all the rest.

Related: In Kyiv at Russian Embassy passes action in support of political prisoners in Crimea

"We introduced this separating for Russian and world community could better see the problem of politically motivated and illegal imprisonment in our country, in order to uplevel social solidarity with political prisoners,” explains the Memorial center.

Human rights advocates note that the list of political prisoners consisted of 50 persons a year ago, and now both lists contain 102 persons already

The head of Support of Political Prisoners and Persecuted Civil Activists Program Sergei Davidis explained that the Memorial lists are not complete due to lots of cases haven’t been considered yet by the court.

Related: Russia not to allow ICRC mission to Ukraine’s prisoners in Donbas

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