Russia: European Parliament calls for the release of political prisoners, including Oleg Sentsov and Oyub Titiev

On 14 June 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the threats, intimidation and arrests against human rights defenders and civil society representatives in Russia.

In addition to demanding the release of Oleg Sentsov, the resolution also asked for the immediate and unconditional release of Oyub Titiev, director of FIDH member organisation Human Rights Centre Memorial in the Chechen Republic, as well as all other political prisoners in Russia.

FIDH and its member organisations have kept European actors constantly informed about the human rights situation in Russia, including the situation of the civil society. A particular effort has been put on a work of analysis and summary of the corpus of more than 50 repressive laws adopted over the last years in Russia, including the Foreign Agents law. The resolution also condemned the adoption of the restrictive laws, thus highlighting the systematic aspects of the repressive machinery in Russia and in occupied Crimea.

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