Human rights leader attacked in Moscow

Lev Ponomarev, one of Russia’s leading human rights activists and leader of the “For Human Rights” movement, is recovering in hospital after he was attacked late on Tuesday. Radio Echo of Moscow reports that three unknown assailants attacked Ponomarev, 67, who is now in serious condition.

Lev Ponomarev is one of Russia’s best-known human rights activists, and has been involved in countless rights cases and organisations over an extensive career. Ponomarev was a founder of the Memorial human rights society, and serves as a member of its operational board.

Ponomarev also founded the Common Action rights group, and serves as a federal board member of the Solidarity opposition movement. He has been critical of the Russian prison system and what he called the roll-back of rights under former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

http://www.theotherrussia.org/2009/04/01/renowned-russian-rights-leader-in-serious-condition-after-attack/

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  1. The attack on Lev Ponomarev took place immediately after his meeting with Ms Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, rapporteur for the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Germany’s former Minister of Justice, arrived in Russia to prepare a report on the politization of the justice system. Russia’s General Prosecutor did not find time to meet Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, but Mr Ponomarev did.

    http://www.kasparov.ru/material.php?id=49D60811899D1

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