Stop tormenting Yury Dmitriev

A protest on the banks of the Neva

Daniel Kotsubinsky‘s placard reads, “Let Yury Dmitriev go, Kremlin! You’ve tormented him enough!”

He stands in St Petersburg in front of one of Mikhail Shemyakin’s two sphinxes, creatures displaying a woman’s face to the roadside, a grinning skull on the side facing the Kresty Prison across the river.

The two sculptures were erected in 1995 as a memorial to the Victims of Political Repression.

A solitary protest in Petrozavodsk

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Despite a daytime temperature of minus 16 degrees Centigrade, Vladimir Malegin went and stood at the University bus stop on Student Boulevard in Petrozavodsk, a solitary picket in support of Yury DMITRIEV.

Malegin’s placard reads: “Freedom for the political prisoner Dmitriev!”

Someone sitting in a vehicle parked by the main building of Petrozavodsk University saw Malegin and started making a call, evidently, to his superiors. A few minutes later the police arrived. A policeman talked to Malegin, heard him out and left.

Posted on Facebook by Andriy Litvin

Dmitriev awarded Franco-German Prize

“Every year since 2016, to mark Human Rights Day* [10 December], Germany and France have jointly presented the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Whether they be a human rights defender, a journalist or a lawyer: this award recognises the efforts of all those who work tirelessly every day to advance the causes of human rights and the rule of law,” wrote the website of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs a few days back.

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