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Russia: Human Rights Defender Jailed

Expand Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov at an All-Russian convention on the protection of human rights. © 2017 Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images (Moscow) – A Russian court has unjustly jailed one of the founders of Russia’s human rights movement for a Facebook post about a peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 5, 2018, a court in Moscow sentenced Lev Ponomarev, 77, to 25 days in jail for alleged repeated violations of public assembly rules. Ponomarev should be freed immediately. “Ponomarev’s jailing shows that in today’s Russia, nothing is off limits…

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