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Pickets in support of Gazaryan and Dutlov take part in different Russian cities

Press Release

March 17, 2012

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin who is now in Novosibirsk on a working visit participated in a series of pickets in support of the Suren Gazaryan and Viktor Dutlov. Young activists also joined the action in Novosibirsk.


Solidarity actions with the detained environmentalists took place all over Russia. In Moscow, the police detained dozens of picketers, including four members of YABLOKO Galina Mikhalyova, deputy head of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO, and activists Maya Zavyalova, Gleb Sitnikov and Oleg Rumyantsev.

On March 14 Suren Gazaryan, environmentalist and YABLOKO member, and Viktor Dutlov, lawyer, YABLOKO member and activist of the North Caucasus Environmental Watch, detained by the country cottage of Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Tkachyov in Tuapse, got ten days of administrative arrest for non-obeying to the lawful orders of police. The judge refused to call the witnesses of the defence, as well as to consider audio and video recordings proving innocence of Gazaryan and Dutlov.

YABLOKO is outraged by political persecution of its members. On March 16, party activists conducted a series of pickets by Representation of the Krasnodar Territory in Moscow. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin also participated in this action.

On March 15 Nikolai Rybakov, Executive Director of the Bellona centre for protection of environmental and human rights, spoke at the meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Development of. His speech was devoted to persecution of environmental activists. He also touched upon the problem of unlawful seizure of forest lands and the Black Sea coast, and cutting of relict pines under construction of a country cottage for Alexander Tkachyov, Governor of the Krasnodar Territory. Public campaign against these unlawful actions gave rise to persecution of environmentalists initiated by the Governor.

President Medvedev informed the participants of the meeting that he was going to order to the Public Prosecutor General to conduct investigation in view of these facts.


Photo: Picket in Tver. Anton Stamplevsky, head of YABLOKO branch in Tver


Photo: Picket in Izhevsk. Sofia Rusova.

See also:

Protection of Environment

Environmentalist Suren Gazaryan and lawyer Viktor Dutlov get ten days of imprisonment on a framed-up case. Press Release, March 14, 2012

Charges brought against Eugeny Vitishko, YABLOKO candidate to the State Duma

YABLOKO campaign unfairly targeted

Yabloko demands investigation of unlawful detention of its activists

Press conference Black Sea Palaces and Their Hosts

Are Prisoners of Conscience Only in Moscow?


Press Release

March 17, 2012

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