The case of Mikhail Gangan

Mikhail GanganUkraine is set to extradite Mikhail Gangan, member of the banned National-Bolshevik Party, to Russia. Gangan is one of the so-called “Decemberists”, a group of National-Bolsheviks tried for a demonstration in December 2004, in the course of which they occupied a reception room of the presidential administration in Moscow.

Gangan now stands accused for his activities as one of the organisers of the Other Russia coalition’s March of Dissent in Samara during the EU-Russia summit in May 2007. The police detained several demonstrators, including Other Russia leaders Garry Kasparov and Eduard Limonov. Due to the persecution, Gangan fled to Ukraine, where he asked for political asylum.

Vladimir Abel points out on Sobkorr.ru that under the European Convention of 1957, Ukraine has no right to extradite a person who is persecuted for political reasons. Abel reminds that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has already ruled against Russia in two cases involving Decemberists. Radio Svoboda reports that in recent years, as many as 128 Russian citizens have received political asylum in Ukraine.

Additional material:

Press release on the case of Mikhail Gangan [in Russian, pdf]

UNHCR confirmation of Mikhail Gangan’s request for political asylum in Ukraine [in Ukrainian, pdf]

Ukraine’s Vinnitsa court arrested Mikhail Gangan for 40 days ahead of his extradition to Russia [in Ukrainian, pdf]

Vinnitsa Human Rights Group’s Rule 39 request to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Mikhail Gangan [in English, pdf].

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