Authorities harangue opposition activists in Nizhny Novgorod

Oksana Chelysheva, Director of the Nizhny Novgorod-based Foundation for Promoting Tolerance reports that the authorities have again begun to harrass opposition and human rights activists in the city:

“The public prosecutor’s office in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod is carrying out an investigation of the events preceding the dispersal of the March of Dissent in the city on 24 March 2007 as well as illegal acts by law enforcement officials against the organisers and potential participants of the March.

The investigation is linked to letters sent by a number of well-known public figures to the Prosecutor General’s office after the dispersal of the March of Dissent in Nizhny Novgorod. Those who turned to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation include, among others, Ms Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

During the investigation on 18 July 2007, the public prosecutor’s office questioned Mr Stanislav Dmitrievsky, Chairman of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (registered in Finland) and Ms Oksana Chelysheva, Director of the Nizhny Novgorod-based Foundation for Promoting Tolerance.

Earlier, the public prosecutor’s office of the district of Nizhny Novgorod carried out an investigation of the violation of civic rights in connection with the March of Dissent in Nizhny Novgorod. Then, however, prosecutors refused to initiate criminal proceedings.”.

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