Russian activists detained at Dutch embassy while protesting asylum-seeker's death
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||23 January 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian activists detained at Dutch embassy while protesting asylum-seeker's death, 23 January 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5122358628.html [accessed 13 December 2013]|
January 23, 2013
Aleksandr Dolmatov committed suicide in the Netherlands after the authorities rejected his asylum request. (file photo)
Police have detained eight opposition activists for gathering without official permission in front of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow.
Activists from the Other Russia movement stood in front of the embassy to mourn their colleague, Aleksandr Dolmatov, and to challenge Dutch authorities over his death.
Dolmatov was found dead at a center for asylum seekers in Rotterdam last week.
His colleagues say he committed suicide one day after the Dutch authorities rejected his political asylum request.
Dolmatov, a leading designer at a Russian defense firm, had been arrested during an antigovernment protest in Moscow in May but was later released.
The protest led to clashes between demonstrators and police.
Dolmatov left Russia in June after police raided his Moscow apartment.
Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS