MOSCOW: A Russian courtroom on Tuesday sentenced high human rights campaigner Oleg Orlov to 2 and a half years in jail for denouncing Russia’s assault on Ukraine.
The 70-year-old, a key determine of the Nobel Prize-winning Memorial group, is the most recent goal of Kremlin repression, which has intensified because the offensive in Ukraine.
“The courtroom has decided Orlov’s guilt and orders a sentence of two years and 6 months… in a normal regime penal colony,” the choose mentioned.
Because the choose learn the decision, the bespectacled, white-haired activist winked at his spouse, fellow activist Tatyana.
He was taken into custody within the courtroom and requested Tatyana to return over.
“Tanya, you promised me!” he instructed her as she appeared to tear up.
Round 200 supporters have been ready within the hall outdoors the courtroom to bid him goodbye.
Orlov had instructed AFP in a latest interview that he held no illusions on the end result of the trial.
Orlov was accused of discrediting the Russian military in a column written for the French on-line publication Mediapart, and fined in October after a primary trial.
The fantastic was a comparatively lenient punishment and prosecutors referred to as for a brand new trial.
At the same time as different campaigners fled the rising repression, Orlov remained in Russia, the place he mentioned he was “extra helpful” than overseas.
He instructed AFP that his profession spent engaged on the historic reminiscence of Soviet crimes and rights abuses in trendy Russia — particularly within the North Caucasus — gave him no alternative however to additionally marketing campaign in opposition to the Ukraine offensive.
Memorial established itself as a key pillar of Russian civil society by preserving the reminiscence of victims of communist repression and by campaigning in opposition to rights violations.
The organisation was formally disbanded by Russian authorities in late 2021 and it gained the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022 alongside a number one Ukrainian rights group and a veteran Belarusian activist.


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