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Sergei Mitrokhin and Liberals in Russia

POLITICUS, the UK Politics Newsfeed

November 12, 2012

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 12th November, 2012

Being a Liberal in Russia is a risky vocation, as putting ones head above the parapet politically is an invitation to harrassment, arrest, criminal proceedings and heafty fines or imprisonment. High profile anti-establishment activists such as Pussy Riot get lots of foreign media attention and noises of sympathy from the outside world, of course, but even in their case that did not stop two of their number being sentenced to two years detention each in different gulags. Alas, as the leader of Russias Liberal Party Yabloko, Sergei Mitrokhin, detailed in a speech at Westminster this lunchtime, the long arm of President Putins law is getting firmer.

He highlighted three aspects of particular concern regarding the current political situation in Russia and the crackdown against Liberal forces. First, there are the political reprisals, which have seen key Yabloko activists charged often on false evidence for demanding action against high-level corruption, for example. Second, Sergei stressed the hardening of laws and the suppression of civil rights under various amendments to the legal and civil codes. One good (i.e. bad) example is an amendment which will mean that Russian NGOs receiving grants from international bodies must now register as foreign agents.

And last but not least in the litany of adverse developments, is what Sergei called the clericalisation of the state, in other words the way that a very conservative form of Russian Orthodoxy has now been melded into a state ideology which is dangerously nationalistic, anti-Western and anti-Liberal. Todays gathering, at Portcullis House, was sponsored by Simon Hughes MP, Lord Alderdice and Liberal International.

Link: http://eng.yabloko.ru/


See also:

YABLOKO Sister Parties

YABLOKO and the International Liberal Family

Human Rights



November 12, 2012

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