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On political reprisals in Krasnodar

Statement by the YABLOKO party

December 12, 2010

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO condemns unlawful actions by the police in breaking a peaceful demonstration in protection of nature which took place in Krasnodar on December 12, the Russian Constitution Day.

On the order of Administration of the Krasnodar Area the police detained members of [YABLOKOТs] Green Russia faction Andrei Rudomakha and Suren Gazaryan and environmental activists Dmitry Shevchenko and Dmitry Shabalin. The detention was conducted with grave violations of the law УOn PoliceФ, with the use of physical force and special means [of suppression]. Shevchenko and Gazaryan were unlawfully detained in the police department of Krasnodar for three hours until arrival of a lawyer and YABLOKOТs leader there. All this time Gazaryan was unlawfully held in handcuffs. Earlier on December 5, Rudomakha and Gazaryan had been also unlawfully detained by police during a peaceful march for protection of the Utrish [natural reserve].

On December 13 the heads of the Krasnoyarsk interior announced that they had been considering an issue of filing a criminal case in accordance with Article 318 of the Criminal Code of the RF УViolence against a representative of authorityФ.

YABLOKO supports the demands set forth during the demonstration of December 12 on abolishing of the project of building a residence by the Economic Department of the President in the territory of the Utrish natural reserve. The party also states that it will do everything possible to defend environmental activists from police arbitrary rule and bring to liability the officials guilty of unlawful detention of the citizens and breaking of the demonstration.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chair of the YABLOKO party

See also:

Krasnodar: police breaks a permitted demonstration, environmentalists detained. Press Release, December 12, 2010

YABLOKO calls on journalists to visit the Utrish nature reserve that has been threatened with destruction. Press Release, December 8, 2010.

Police detained YABLOKO's activists during an action in defence of the national park. Press Release, December 5, 2010

Protection of Environment

December 12, 2010

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