Extreme measures

The regime of Russian president Vladimir Putin now labels any dissent “extremism”, writes Oksana Chelysheva in an op-ed piece in the Guardian. Prosecutors have launched investigations and brought criminal charges in cases of alleged extremism throughout Russia.

The Supreme Court has banned two groups convicted on charges of extremism: the Nizhny Novgorod-based Russian-Chechen friendship society was declared extremist in January 2007; in April 2007, the court banned Eduard Limonov’s National Bolshevik party under similar charges. Both groups have appealed to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg against the rulings.


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