Oleg Orlov*. Screenshot of the photo posted by the RusNews on February 26, 2024 https://t.me/rusnews/49328

28 February 2024, 16:50

Sentencing of human rights defender Orlov* shows return to totalitarian justice

The verdict passed to Oleg Orlov*, a co-chairman of the "Memorial" Human Rights Defence Centre, for his statements contradicts the Constitution and Russia's international covenants; it is evidence of the abolition of the freedom of speech in Russia, human rights defenders have pointed out. Orlov* himself has treated the verdict as confirmation of Russia's return to totalitarianism.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the court had sentenced Orlov* to 2.5 years of freedom deprivation, finding him guilty of discrediting the Russian Army.

"They're killers," Svetlana Gannushkina*, the chair of the "Civic Assistance" Committee*, has expressed her attitude towards the verdict. But, according to her version, Orlov* has won this fight.

This is not the first punishment for a word, but Orlov's* case is the most striking, Yan Rachinsky, a human rights defender, has stated. "It has now been demonstrated with absolute clarity: only an opinion that pleases authorities is acceptable. This is a bad forecast for Russia," he has concluded.

Maxim Kruglov, a Moscow City Duma Deputy and the leader of the "Yabloko" faction in the regional parliament believes that the aim of the severe sentence was to punish Orlov* himself and put pressure on human rights defenders.

Tatiana Kasatkina, Oleg Orlov's* wife, has noted the rapidity of the investigation and trial.

Marina Agaltsova, a lawyer, has treated the sentence as quite severe. "The maximum penalty under this article is three years of freedom deprivation," she has noted.

*Included by the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) into the register of foreign agents.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 27, 2024 at 07:47 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: СK correspondent

All news

April 15, 2024 19:11

April 15, 2024 17:54

April 14, 2024 16:57

  • Sochi activist Vladimir Atamanchuk sentenced to forced labour

    A court in Sochi has sentenced the 72-year-old Vladimir Atamanchuk to 200 hours of compulsory labour, finding him guilty of libel. Besides, he must pay 40,000 roubles in compensation to one of the victims. The activist intends to appeal against the court's ruling.

April 14, 2024 10:55

April 13, 2024 23:52

News archive