In an Open Letter, the Russian Opposition Asks Latvian Authorities For Impartiality
The Other Russia, 9 April 2008
A wide group of Russian opposition leaders, human rights activists and celebrities have sent an open letter to the authorities of Latvia, requesting objectivity in the investigation against Vladimir Linderman, a columnist and opposition leader deported by Russian authorities.
Linderman, who writes as “Vladimir Abel” in a variety of print and online media, is currently imprisoned on charges of possessing explosives, and of plotting an assassination attempt against Latvia’s former president in 2002.
The authors of the open letter claim the charges are “politically motivated and unsubstantiated,” and that Linderman was targeted by Russian law enforcement for his active roles in The Other Russia coalition and the banned National Bolshevik Party.
The letter was originally signed by 24 persons, and is now gathering further signatures online: