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On YABLOKOs initiative the Congress of European liberals condemned reprisals against Russian opposition

Press Release

November 10, 2012

The Congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) adopted an urgency resolution On reprisals against YABLOKO activists and dissenters in Russia.

The resolution was submitted by YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin who was delegate of the Congress.

ALDE (the earlier name ELDR) joins together all the European liberal and democratic parties. The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO has been full member of ALDE since 2006. The ALDE Congress is held in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8-10, 2012.

The resolution marks a new wave of reprisals in Russia against opposition activists and all dissenters against the present governments policies against the backdrop of the curb on human rights and freedoms; suppression of the freedom of speech; use of the law enforcement and the judiciary as a tool for reprisals.

The ALDE Congress called on the ALDE groups to raise the issue in the European Parliament and the Council of Europe and draw the attention of the Russian government to the inadmissibility of persecutions for criticism.
This constitutes a violation of Russias obligations relating to its membership of the Council of Europe and in direct contrast with the statements of the Russian authorities on adherence to democratic values, runs the resolution.

A separate part of the document is devoted to persecution against YABLOKO activists and candidates to the regional parliament Suren Gazaryan and Yenegy Vitishko, who have been charged with a criminal offence that could lead to their imprisonment for criticising Krasnodar Region Governor Alexander Tkachev for his unlawful seizure of public lands and their fight for human rights and environmental safety in the region.
ALDE called on the Russian government to stop the reprisals against Gazaryan and Vitishko and revoke the unlawful court decisions against them and punish those guilty of giving false evidence and prosecutions.


See also:

YABLOKO Sister Parties

YABLOKO and the International Liberal Family

Human Rights



Press Release

November 10, 2012

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