Top Russian Human Rights Defender Convicted for “Discrediting” the Armed Forces
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Oleg Orlov, co-chair of Memorial Human Rights Defense Center, speaks to the media at a courtroom prior to a session in Moscow, Russia, June 8, 2023.
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Today, a Moscow court found Oleg Orlov, a leading Russian human rights defender, guilty on on charges of “discrediting” the military by speaking out against the war in Ukraine and sentenced him to a 150,000-ruble (approx. 1,500 USD) fine. His prosecution and verdict are a mockery to the rule of law and a stark example of the government’s misuse of the judicial system to retaliate against critics.
I worked with Orlov for many years in numerous conflict zones in Russia …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch