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Top Russian Human Rights Defender on Trial

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Oleg Orlov protesting Russia’s abusive war in Ukraine at the Red Square in Moscow, April 2022. His poster reads, ‘Our unwillingness to know the truth and our silence turn us into collaborators in crimes.’
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On June 8, Moscow’s Golovinsky district court will hold the first hearing in the criminal trial against Oleg Orlov, a top Russian rights defender and my dear friend, who is facing up to three years’ imprisonment under Russia’s draconian war censorship legislation for repeatedly speaking out against the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

I met Oleg in 2000 at a news conference where he and his colleagues at Memorial, a leading human rights organization in …read more

Source:: Human Rights Watch


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