Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Putin: No Political Prisoners in Russia

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin dismissed the idea of a political amnesty because there are no political prisoners in the country. “I don’t quite understand what is meant by political amnesty. I don’t think we have any political prisoners, thank God,” he said, adding that there is talk about political prisoners but no names are provided. “They [the opposition] should have shown at least one person who is in prison for political reasons,” Putin said. Meanwhile, opposition activists said at the recent mass anti-Putin rally that they had prepared a list of some 40 political prisoners (including, i.e., former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky) and would present it to the Kremlin shortly.


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