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Hundreds of thousands petition Putin to end of repression in Russia

Publisher Amnesty International
Publication Date 31 January 2014
Cite as Amnesty International, Hundreds of thousands petition Putin to end of repression in Russia, 31 January 2014, available at: [accessed 19 November 2017]
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A handcuffed Russian ballerina braved the freezing weather in Moscow yesterday as Amnesty International activists delivered a petition of 330,000 signatures urging President Vladimir Putin to repeal repressive legislation in the country.

The signatures were collected in 112 countries as part of Amnesty International's global campaign ahead of the Winter Olympic Games on 7 February 2014.

In 2012 the Russian government made a public commitment to adhere to the Olympic principles of non-discrimination, equality, inclusion, respect and mutual understanding and to promote human rights during the Winter Olympics and beyond.

However, a number of laws brought in by the Russian authorities since then do exactly the opposite. There has been a crackdown on freedom of speech and expression, interference with the work of independent civil society leading to closure of NGOs and open discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.

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