The Kremlin's Political Prisoners: Advancing a Political Agenda by Crushing Dissent

International Coalition to Free the Kremlin’s Political Prisoners launches landmark report.

The international Coalition to Free the Kremlin’s Political Prisoners, of which the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR) is part, launched a landmark report today with an all-party group of Canadian Parliamentarians on “The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: Advancing a Political Agenda by Crushing Dissent.”

The report describes Putin’s unprecedented persecution and prosecution of political prisoners and documents how, over the last four years alone, there has been a six-fold increase in the numbers of verified political prisoners from 50 to close to 300 today, with the reality on the ground expected to be even more pernicious and pervasive. “We have identified the individual architects of this repression, and are calling for their targeted sanctioning under Magnitsky legislation. Naming and shaming these human rights abusers is a crucial expression of solidarity with their victims and of ending the culture of impunity that underpins such criminality,” remarked Professor Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

For the report, click here.

For a summary of the launch day in Parliament, click here.

For an Op-Ed in the Ottawa Citizen authored by Cotler and RWCHR Senior Fellow Vladimir Kara-Murza, click here.

For an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal authored by Cotler and Katrina Lantos Swett, click here.

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