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IN WHAT Sort Of Society Is 68-Year-Old Man Sent To Jail For Carrying His Nation’s Flag To Celebrate Flag Day?

Posted by Info on 30/08/2010

In Russia!

Last week a court in Moscow sentenced Lev Ponomaryov, 68, a longtime human rights activist, and Mikhail Schneider, an organizer of the opposition Solidarity movement, to three days in prison for taking part in “an unsanctioned rally.” They were part of a group on its way to a concert organized to protest the felling of a Moscow forest area under threat from developers. About 20 other demonstrators were detained and the concert was attended by 5,000 people.

Dmitry Medvedev has promised fidelity to the rule of law, and some Russians took heart last week when he suspended the razing of a forest near Moscow where officials hoped to build a highway. Neighborhood and environmental activists trying to save the forest had been met with official stonewalling and worse — one newspaper editor was beaten into permanent disability.

Russia’s past year was marked by “electoral abuses, declining religious freedom, greater state controls over the presentation of history, growing police corruption, and the repeated use of political terror against victims including human rights activists and journalists.”

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