Friday, May 18, 2012

Amnesty International: Navalny, Udaltsov are Prisoners of Conscience

The international rights group Amnesty International has declared Russian opposition figures Aleksei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov to be "prisoners of conscience." The head of Amnesty's office in Russia, Sergei Nikitin, said Navalny and Udaltsov "sought to realize their right to freedom of demonstrations, rallies and processions by nonviolent, peaceful methods, but they were detained and subsequently placed behind bars." Navalny and Udaltsov were detained at a rally in Moscow, accused of refusing to obey orders from law-enforcement officers and ultimately sentenced to 15 days in jail each.

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