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“Russian Politicians Will Be Tried”

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“Fear is a companion which will never leave you,” says Lidiya Yusupova, who was called “the bravest woman in Europe” by BBC and Amnesty International. She was a Nobel Prize Candidate in 2006 for her work as a human rights defender in Chechnya. Giancarlo Bocchi interviewed Ms Yusupova for Prensa Marea Socialista in August 2010:

The European Court of Human Rights could do more to stop the Russian authorities. There are partial “small victories” which represent hope for the relatives of the victims. These victories also may introduce to Russia the same legal standards that are practised throughout the rest of the democratic world. Citizens of the Russian Federation have great faith that the European Court of Human Rights will deliver justice, and this gives them the hope and energy to continue fighting.

It is necessary to work internationally in the area of law. It is useless to use foreign media to make a list of the dead and wounded people every day. We need to defend victims internationally. Many of our colleagues were persecuted for reporting the facts to international tribunals because Russia has not obeyed any international agreements. If not today, then tomorrow or maybe in five or ten years, Russian politicians will be tried for the crimes committed in the Caucasus.

Read the full interview:




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