Russia: Rights group says Kremlin resorts to Stalin-era repression tactics
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||30 October 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia: Rights group says Kremlin resorts to Stalin-era repression tactics, 30 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/509b8afe21.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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October 30, 2012
People wait for their turn to lay flowers and place candles at a memorial to the victims of Soviet-era political repression on Lubyanka Square in Moscow.
A prominent Russian human rights group warns that the country's leaders are using Stalin-era tactics against the opposition.
Memorial issued the warning on October 30 – the annual Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions.
The day honors victims of government-orchestrated repression in the former Soviet Union.
Memorial's statement said the events of recent weeks show that "Russian authorities intend to rely on the language of repression – arrests, courts, camps."
The statement comes after two members of Russian punk performance collective Pussy Riot were sent to prison camps earlier this month.
They were convicted on hooliganism charges after performing a song protesting against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's largest Orthodox cathedral.
A number of political opposition leaders are also facing criminal investigations.
Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax