Term of administrative arrest of human rights activist Ponomarev reduced

Term of administrative arrest of human rights activist Ponomarev reduced
Lev Ponomarev Photo: Kristina Kormilitsyna / Kommersant

The leader of the movement called For Human Rights was punished for the action in support of the defendants in the cases of Network and New Greatness.

The Moscow City Court considered the complaint of the lawyers for human rights activist Lev Ponomarev against the decision of the Moscow Tverskoy Court and reduced the term of his administrative arrest from 25 days to 16. The defendant, who is the director of the movement For Human Rights was found guilty of calling to participate in protests in support of the movements Set (Network) and Novoye Velichiye (New Greatness), TASS reports.

The protest took place on October 28 in front of the FSB building on Lubyanka, on whose initiative young people accused of extremism and terrorism were arrested. According to Ponomarev, these criminal cases were framed-up by the security forces. The human rights activist demanded to stop the defendants’ prosecution and punish the security services involved in their arrests.

On December 16, Ponomarev and other human rights activists intend to hold a march in Moscow in protest against political repression, framing up criminal cases, torture and provocations by the law enforcement agencies.

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