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YABLOKO supports Platon Lebedev in Velsk

Press Release
July 26, 2011

Today on July 26, local YABLOKO branch in the town of Velsk, Arkhangelsk region, and the Vazhsky Krai public movement conducted a picket in support of Platon Lebedev, ex-head of the Menatep Group (the YUKOS case). The Velsk City Court has begun examination of Lebedevs application on release on parole.

According to Valery Kvitkovsky, head of the Velsk branch of YABLOKO, about 30 people were picketing the court. People were holding placards Freedom to Platon Lebedev, No to Police State! and Citizens of Velsk Support Platon Lebedev.

The action began at 8:30 at the central square of the town and was held until 11 a.m. until Platon Lebedev was convoyed to court. Some of YABLOKOs activists managed to get into the courts hall and listen to the trial. Journalists of federal media, including Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of oppositional Novaya Gazeta, were also present.

Tomorrow, on July 27, YABLOKO will hold another picket in support of political prisoner Platon Lebedev.

YABLOKO insists that the court should take a positive decision on Lebedevs application. 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.

See also:

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

The YUKOS case

Human Rights


Press Release
July 26, 2011

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