Ruslan Gvashev. Screenshot of video posted by user pravakbr

11 September 2017, 14:05

Ruslan Gvashev goes on hunger strike

Circassian activist Ruslan Gvashev has declared indefinite hunger strike in protest against the court's decisions in the case on the prayer near the Tulip Tree.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 30, the Lazarevskoe District Court of Sochi reconsidered the case on the prayer on the Adyg Remembrance Day and upheld the administrative fine imposed on Ruslan Gvashev, the former chairman of the Circassian Shapsugs Council. An advocate of the activist has promised to challenge the court's decision.

On June 2, the Lazarevskoe District Court of Sochi found Ruslan Gvashev, the former chairman of the Council of Elders of Circassians-Shapsugs, guilty of organizing an unsanctioned action on the Day of Adygs' Memory – a prayer service near the Tulip Tree, and fined him by 10,000 roubles.

Today, on his Facebook page, Ruslan Gvashev has announced the beginning of his hunger strike.

"Here and now I, Ruslan Gvashev, announce the beginning of my indefinite hunger strike! This is my protest against the injustices against my people and the trial court arranged by the authorities against me personally," Ruslan Gvashev wrote.

The hunger strike is an activist's emotional reaction to the actions of the judiciary system, says Marina Dubrovina, an advocate of Ruslan Gvashev.

"His hunger strike is an emotional reaction to the actions of the judiciary system. Ruslan Gvashev takes a firm position concerning the continuation of the struggle at the regional court and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The activist wants to proceed and achieve justice," Marina Dubrovina told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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