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YABLOKO calls its supporters to participate in the March against the Anti-Magnitsky law on January 13

Press Release

January 11, 2013

The YABLOKO party will support the March against the Anti-Magnitsky law which will take place in Moscow on Sunday, January 13.

Activists will gather by the Izvestia paper office (by Tverskaya metro station) at 13:30. The march along boulevards to Sakharov Prospect will begin at 14:00.

The action got a permission from the Moscow authorities.

YABLOKO has consistently opposed the so-called Dima Yakovlev law prohibiting Americans to adopt Russian children. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin called this law "profoundly anti-human." "Adopting the Anti-Magnitsky law all the branches of power demonstrated their willingness to protect their corrupt officials in such a way that the whole world was left horrified," Mitrokhin said.

"We oppose the barbaric so-called Dima Yakovlev law. We believe that with this law represents a kind of a human shield of orphans put by the government around its corrupt officials. That is, our government has virtually told the world: we will protect our corrupt officials so that the whole world will tremble in terror," YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin said to journalists.

According to Mitrokhin, the Anti-Magnitsky law shows that our government is cannibalistic in nature, therefore all the forces of our society that are in favor of a civilized development must unite so that to say 'no' to the cannibalistic state".

He also stressed that it was important that there were no Nazis or leftists among the organizers of the March.
In December 2012 YABLOKOs MPs in the Legislative Assemblies of St. Petersburg and the Pskov Region opposed the bill, but were not supported by the parliamentary majority. Activists from the Youth Yabloko conducted a series of one person pickets by the Federation Council on the day the senators had to examine the law. The slogan of the action was "Children are frozen in the Cold War". Four party members were detained by police and now they face large fines or community service works.


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January 11, 2013

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