Show Your Solidarity with Russian Political Prisoners: Russian Embassy, London, February 23, 2 p.m.

URGENT CALL FOR SOLIDARITY!!!

Stop the Show Trials! Free Political Prisoners in Russia!

While the Russian government celebrates the closing of the Olympics in Sochi, in Moscow, eight arrested activists are found guilty after two years of show trials. Pressure from the international community has already helped to amnesty several people. Let’s show our solidarity with political prisoners! Let’s stop the show trials and persecution of activism in Russia!

We will meet near the Russian Embassy on the day of the Olympics closing ceremony, 23 February, Sunday, 2 PM. Come and join us!

Background:

Following mass demonstrations in 2011-12, Russian police arrested dozens of activists – socialists, anarchists, human rights campaigners, ecologists, as well as ordinary citizens who oppose the Putin regime. This is exemplary punishment aimed against a wave of social movements that has been energising a new generation of post-Soviet activists. The demonstration on 6 May 2012 was a legally sanctioned rally that took place on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow. However, it ended with brutal police violence and mass arrests. Of thousands who protested against mass election forgeries, hundreds were kettled by police. More than a dozen of them have been kept in pre-trial detention for over a year.

More info here:

http://6may.org/en/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/21/anti-kremlin-putin-protesters-guilty-verdict-court

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolotnaya_Square_case

Address: 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QP
Picket will take place on the BAYSWATER ROAD (Google Map often gives a view on the park)

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