Activist confined to psychiatric clinic

Russian Activist Forced into Psychiatric Confinement

The Russian opposition activist, Vadim Charushev, was confined against his will to a mental hospital, reported. Charushev is creator and moderator of a wide range of political opposition groups on VKontakte, a Russian social networking website.

Charushev is an outspoken online critic of the Kremlin’s position on what is known in Ukrainian as the Holodomor — the man-made famine in Ukraine in 1930s that led to millions of deaths. He also often criticizes Moscow policies in the Caucasus.

The leader of the United Civic Front opposition movement’s branch in St Petersburg, Olga Kurnosova, told RFE/RL that Charushev’s current state of health in the clinic is very worrisome. She said he has lost a lot of weight and looks sick.

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