31 October 2012, 09:00

Statement of International “Memorial” association: Russia is returning to its customary tragic reality

38 years ago, on October, 30, 1974, prisoners of Mordovia and Perm prison camps and Vladimir prison for the first time went on hunger strikes and organized other actions of protest on the Day of political prisoner in the USSR.

Today, on October, 30, we commemorate not only the Day of memory of victims of political repression but also the Day of political prisoner, already in modern Russia.

The events of several past weeks show that the Russian authorities in their dialogue with the opposition are using mostly the language of repression: arrests, courts and prison camps. Experience of fabrication of political trials is again in demand, just like in the twenties and thirties. Myths of “foreign agents” became popular again. Fresh “Caucasian” experience of kidnapping and secret prisons has also become in demand.

Russia is again returning to its customary tragic reality.

We do not appeal to the sense of historic responsibility of our state leaders for they evidently have no such a sense. We do not call to the sense of self-preservation of the Russian ruling elite: for this sense to be activated at least a rough perception or reality is needed but today’s elite is lacking this sense, on the whole.

We appeal to the community hoping for its civil maturity. We have no ready formula of the way not to let Russia slide down to new rounds of revolution and state terror. We must seek for ways of counteraction to reckless and suicidal steps taken by the authorities all together. The only thing we are calling all the social forces for, regardless of their political orientation, is unconditional renunciation of violence in any of its forms. We call for calmness, wisdom and firmness.

We are able to protect our freedom relying on the law, not force.

Resolution of International “Memorial” Association

October, 30, 2012

Source: Resolution of International “Memorial” Association

All news

September 17, 2019 21:35

September 17, 2019 21:29

September 17, 2019 21:25

  • Arrested Ingush activist complains of poor health

    Ruslan Dzeitov, accused of attacking law enforcers at a protest action in Magas, reported a deterioration of his health state at the SIZO (pre-trial prison), his advocate reported. The term of the activist's arrest was extended until December 25.

September 17, 2019 20:51

  • Journalists announce revival of "Baku Press Club"

    The "Baku Press Club" resumes its activities after a 16-year break. The project will give an impetus to the development of free media in Azerbaijan, and there will be no censorship on the website of the "Baku Press Club", founders assure.

September 17, 2019 16:52

  • Georgian protester released on bail

    The defence had convinced the court to release Soso Badjelidze, who was charged with resisting the police and participating in the riots at the June 20 protect action in Tbilisi, from custody on bail.

News archive