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Opposition Leader Held for Protest Attempt

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Russian opposition leader Sergey Udaltsov has been in detention in Moscow since 4 December 2011, solely for attempting to lead peaceful protests against alleged election fraud. Amnesty International considers Mr Udaltsov, leader of the political movement, Left Front, a prisoner of conscience, who should not be detained at all. He is in need of medical treatment and should be released without delay, the organisation demands.

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Home-buyers: Do not invest in Russia!

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Home-buyers from Russia’s northern capital, St Petersburg, have organised a demonstration in connection with the second EU-Russia Innovation Forum in the Finnish border city of Lappeenranta on 25 May 2011. The demonstrators are holding a meeting outside Lappeenranta city hall, urging foreign investors to avoid investments in Russia.

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Russian Opposition Plans March on Kremlin

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Russia’s anti-government opposition has announced that it plans to march on the Kremlin. Opposition leaders Eduard Limonov, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Konstantin Kosyakin left notice to the Moscow mayor’s office about a planned rally in defence of the freedom of assembly on Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square on 31 January 2011. The rally would be followed by a march to the Kremlin.

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Strategy-31: Defend Freedom of Assembly!

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Amnesty International Finnish section invites you to join a demonstration in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia on Monday 31 May 2010 at 6 pm outside the Russian Embassy in Helsinki (Tehtaankatu 1).

The 31st Article of the Russian constitution guarantees freedom of assembly. Demonstrations for the freedom of assembly have taken place in Moscow and cities throughout Russia on the 31st day of every month that has 31 days.

The first demonstration as part of the Strategy-31 campaign was held on 31 December 2009. Police detained the organisers, including 82-year-old veteran dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva. Most subsequent demonstrations have been banned as well.

You can take part in an “online demonstration” on 31 May 2010 by sending in your photos to tall93time@photos.flickr.com and writing “tags: russia-may-31” in the body of the message. The subject line acts as the photo caption in Flickr.

Besides Helsinki, demonstrations in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia will be held in several other cities throughout Europe. Amnesty International Finnish section will have a live photo feed of the demonstration:

http://www.amnesty.fi/mita-tapahtuu/mita-sina-voit-tehda/maakoordinaatiot/venaja

Defend Freedom of Assembly in Russia!

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Amnesty International Finnish Section will organise a demonstration in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia. The demonstration will take place on Wednesday 31 March 2010 at 6 pm outside the Russian Embassy in Helsinki (Tehtaankatu 1).

The 31st Article of the Constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees freedom of assembly. There have been several demonstrations in support of the freedom of assembly in Moscow and other cities on the last day of each month with 31 days.

The authorities have under various pretexts consistently banned the demonstrations on Moscow’s Triumphal Square; yet, people have continued to assemble on the square every other month at 6 pm. Demonstrations have taken place in cities throughout Russia.

On 31 December 2009, police arrested 50 activists who demonstrated in support of the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly as guaranteed by the Russian Consitution. Among those arrested was 82-year-old dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in December 2009.

Besides Helsinki, demonstrations in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia will be held on 31 March 2010 in Berlin, Paris, Prague, Tallinn, Tel-Aviv, Washington, and elsewhere. Please join us in expressing support for basic human rights in Russia!

UPDATE:

Amnesty International expresses condolences for the victims of the bomb attacks in Moscow. Amnesty condemns the attacks against civilians. Those responsible must be brought to justice according to international human rights standards. Read more:

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Люди на площадях: 1988-2009

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Tuhannet kaliningradilaiset vaativat Putinin eroa

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Tuhannet ihmiset osoittivat lauantaina mieltään hintojen nousua ja kuljetusveron korotuksia vastaan Venäjään kuuluvassa Kaliningradissa. Lukuunottamatta valtapuolue Yhtenäistä Venäjää mielenosoitukseen osallistuivat kaikki seudun poliittiset voimat: opposition Solidaarisuus-liike ja Jabloko-puolue, Venäjän patriootit, Kommunistinen puolue, Liberaalidemokraattinen puolue ja Oikeudenmukainen Venäjä -puolue.

Tapahtumaan saapui Moskovasta puhumaan Solidaarisuus-likkeen johtajia Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Milov ja Ilja Jashin. Mielenosoittajat vaativat myös Kaliningradin kaupungin johtajan Georgi Boosin sekä pääministeri Putinin ja hänen hallituksensa eroa. Eri arvioiden mukaan mielenosoitukseen osallistui 5000 – 12 000 ihmistä.

Kaliningradin alueella tiivistyvät monet ongelmat, sosiaalinen kurjistuminen, rapistuva infrastruktuuri ja korkea työttömyys. Euroopan keskellä kaliningradilaiset tuntevat jääneensä loukkuun. Moskova ei välitä heistä, mutta ilman Schengen-viisumia ei EU:n alueelle ole pääsyä.

http://mariuver.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/kaliningr-putina/