Wednesday, December 05, 2018

El 2 de diciembre, Lev Ponomarev fue acusado de "violación repetida" de la ley restrictiva sobre las asambleas públicas, una causa de una publicación en Facebook publicada en octubre. El post solicitó una manifestación pacífica para mostrar solidaridad con los jóvenes activistas arrestados bajo las leyes represivas de "anti-extremismo" y "anti-terrorismo"

The Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release 77-year-old human rights activist, Lev Ponomarev, who was sentenced today to 25 days in administrative detention for calling for an unauthorized rally, Amnesty International said.

“Lev Ponomarev is one of the pillars of the human rights movement in Russia. With this sentence the Russian authorities have shown their contempt for human rights, punishing a man who has devoted his life to defending them,” said Natalia Zviagina, Director of Amnesty International’s Office inMoscow.

“After speaking out against the injustices suffered by others at the hands of Russia’s so-called justice system, Lev Ponomarev is now its latest victim. For the Russian authorities, Ponomarev’s outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights equates him to a criminal. By locking him up over a Facebook post, written in support of a peaceful rally, the authorities have shown they will stop at nothing to crush freedoms in Russia.”


On 2 December, Lev Ponomarev was charged with “repeated violation” of the restrictive Russian law on public assemblies, on account of a Facebook post published in October. The post called for a peaceful rally to show solidarity with young activists arrested under repressive Russian “anti-extremism” and “anti-terrorism” laws. Earlier, in July, Ponomarev had been fined for holding a one-man picket in support of the prosecuted activists, which made this a “repeated offense”.

Tags: Rusia, Lev Ponomarev, immediate release, Freedom of Expression.