- Posted June 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- A 24-year old is rotting alive in Russian prison.
- Defendant and his father manhandled while mother has a heart attack in the Russian courtroom.
- Punitive psychiatry and political prisoners: the Michael Kosenko edition.
- What is “Strategy 31” and what are those Russians protesting?
- Runners, bearing portraits of political prisoners, detained in Moscow.
Police raids apartments of Russian opposition leaders.
In the meantime, the Russians are tweeting HelloYear37 (in Russian), in the reference to the year of particularly brutal and widespread repressions under Stalin.
The raids, combined with the recently rushed new harsh, and, as some argue, unconstitutional, law on protests and even spontaneous gatherings, are causing concerns among civil rights organizations. The head of the President's Council for human rights, Mikhail Fedotov, was quoted today by the Interfax Agency. He said «I am shocked by what is happening. I had to leave on business trip tomorrow, but considering what is happening in Moscow, I was forced to cancel. I will be an observer at the demonstration.»
It seems, that the new law and the raids are designed as the means of making people afraid and preventing them from taking protest to the streets. Tomorrow we will see if they would not happen to have an opposite effect.