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Russia Is Still Penalizing Peaceful Protesters

Expand Konstantin Kotov and his lawyer, Maria Eismont, wait for the verdict in his case at Moscow's Tverskoi district court, September 5, 2019. © 2019 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch An appeal court in Moscow has upheld a four-year prison sentence against Konstantin Kotov for repeated violations of Russia’s restrictive rules on public assemblies. Kotov is one of several people prosecuted for election-related protests in Moscow this summer. The ruling is an outrageous violation of the right to peaceful protest. Kotov is also the first person to be convicted on this public assembly charge…

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