Intellectuals: anti-extremism law misused

A group of 25 leading writers, lawyers, and human rights activists in Russia have appealed to the country’s Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, to stop using anti-extremism laws to persecute those who criticise the government. The 25 include, among others, the writer Boris Strugatsky, rights activist Lev Ponomaryev, and journalist Boris Vishnevsky. They say Chaika’s subordinates equate President Dmitry Medvedev’s call for a struggle against extremism as a directive to carry out a struggle against those who think differently.

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