Prosecutor closes Russian 'slavery case,' as investigators, rights activists protest
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||14 November 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Prosecutor closes Russian 'slavery case,' as investigators, rights activists protest, 14 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50b4d0c9c.html [accessed 12 March 2014]|
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November 14, 2012
Russian activists freed 14 Central Asians, including three children, from a Moscow supermarket where they were allegedly beaten and forced to work against their will.
The Moscow city prosecutor's office has said that a district prosecutor has decided to close a high-profile slavery case, arguing there were no grounds to launch an investigation.
The Moscow prosecutor's spokeswoman, Yelena Rassokhina, told journalists that Russia's Investigative Committee was appealing the decision of Moscow's Preobrazhensky district prosecutor to close the case.
Earlier this month, Russian civic activists announced that they had managed to free 14 Central Asians, including three children, from de facto slavery in a Moscow supermarket where they were allegedly beaten and forced to work against their will.
Prominent Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, the chairwoman of Moscow-based Civic Collaboration Committee, said on November 14 that her organization will appeal the prosecutor's decision in court, and possibly also in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax