After Ponomarev’s arrest, his human rights organization gets notified of unscheduled inspection
The Ministry of Justice did not explain the reason for the inspection and gave the organization three weeks to collect the relevant documents, taking into account the New Year holidays.
After the administrative arrest of Lev Ponomarev, the organization Za prava cheloveka (For Human Rights), which he headed, received a notification from the Ministry of Justice about an unscheduled inspection without explanation of the reasons. Ponomarev linked the initiative with President Putin’s promise to members of the Human Rights Council to look into the legality of the human rights activist’s arrest. The latter was sentenced for supporting the defendants of the Novoye Velichiye case.
“If you look closely at Putin’s answers (during the HRC meeting – Ed.), he was either on the side of the government’s actions, or sometimes showed some hesitancy and said something like “we have to figure it out.” I consider the unscheduled inspection of Za prava cheloveka, launched by the Ministry of Justice, to be a measure that should dismiss this indecision in the president’s words. The result of this inspection, I fear, is predictable,” Ponomarev wrote from the special detention center.
A letter from Ponomarev and the notification from the Ministry of Justice were published by Ekho Moskvy. In it, the human rights activist notes that the period the Ministry of Justice gave to prepare the relevant report is extremely short, given the coming New Year holidays. All documents must be prepared before 10:00 on January 14.
It is to be recalled that the court sentenced Ponomarev to 16 days of administrative arrest for a repost calling for participation in an unauthorized rally in Moscow. At the same time, earlier for the same repost, but on another social network, the human rights activist had already paid a fine.