Human rights activists reported an increase in the number of political prisoners in Russia

In Russia, a growing number of political prisoners. Thus, in comparison with the beginning of 2018 it increased almost 2.5 times, according to with reference to the materials of the human rights centre “memorial”. For example, in early 2018 in the list of “Memorial” as political prisoners were 130 people, today he has 314 names. A large part of the political prisoners are people incarcerated for religious reasons. According to human rights activists, these people today 245. The list of political prisoners — mostly men. The percentage of women in the Affairs of which it is possible to detect a political motive, insignificant in comparison with the percentage of men. Human rights activists believe that this may be related to cultural attitudes to law enforcement officers and the courts, which consider women from a potentially disloyal category less hazardous. This can also be explained by the fact that the cases of persecution on the average cause more attention, I guess the “Memorial”. Human rights activists pointed out that the criminal code contains 35 articles that in 2018-2019 the government used for political persecution. Among them no less than ten articles, which can be used for prosecution for public statements. The geography of repression of the point is distributed throughout the territory of Russia, while there is a concentration in the regions of increased protest activity in Moscow, Ingushetia, Arkhangelsk and Sverdlovsk regions and St. Petersburg. Also in the Crimea intensified repression against representatives of the Crimean Tatar minority. In the report of the human rights defenders also noted that political repression in the country accompanied by violation of fundamental civil rights to be free from torture, security of person, to a trial within a reasonable time or release pending trial, and the right to a fair trial. When you installed in the “Memorial” noted rise in public attention to the problem of political persecution and solidarity of the society with political prisoners. Recall that in July 2014 the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation included interregional public organization “human rights center “memorial”,” in “the register of noncommercial organizations performing functions of a foreign agent”. In the “Memorial” call themselves independent, self-governing public organization.

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