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YABLOKO to conduct pickets in support of Platon Lebedev in Velsk, Arkhangelsk region

Press Release
July 25, 2011

YABLOKO and the Vazhsky Krai public movement will conduct pickets in support of Platon Lebedev in the town of Velsk (where he is serving his term of imprisonment) on July 26-27.

Platon Lebedev, ex-head of Menatep, who had been sentenced to 13 years of prison camp in the YUKOS case was convoyed to the prison camp Ni 14 under Velsk in late June. Lebedev applied for release on parole, and on June 26 the Velsk court have to examine his application. YABLOKO insists that the court should take a positive decision on the release of Platon Lebedev.

Release of prisoners and re-examination of the YUKOS case in courts, as well as other similar cases of Russian businessmen will become an essential and necessary step in Russias movement from the post-Soviet authoritarian state towards normal policies and a European style economy functioning in the interests of Russian citizens, runs YABLOKOs statement in support of Lebedev.

Mitigating the terms of imprisonment for Platon Lebedev and adopting a decision of his release on parole, the Court of Velsk may lay foundations for the beginning of judicial reform, make the first step towards the creation of a new Russian court, which will be independent and governed by law, rather than by arbitrary rule and private or group interests under the guise of legality, noted YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin.

The pickets will take place in the central square of the town from 8:30 to 12:00.


See also:

YABLOKO advocates release on parole for YUKOS head Platon Lebedev. July 20, 2011.

The YUKOS case

Human Rights


Press Release
July 25, 2011

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