<< 14 December 2015 >>
♦ Ildar Dadin must be released immediately ♦
On 7 December 2015 judge Natalya Dudar at Moscow’s Basmanny district court issued the first verdict under Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (“Multiple violations of the established order for organising or holding gatherings, meetings, demonstrations, marches or pickets”). She found Ildar DADIN guilty, and sentenced him to three years in a general regime colony.
This sentence is a particularly cynical infringement on the rights and freedoms of citizens, an insult to the very idea of justice, even against the background of the other politically-motivated and, in our opinion, illegal sentences. So, two episodes from the four he was accused of were one-person pickets, which didn’t even violate Russia’s “draconian” legislation on public events, and one wasn’t connected with participation in such an event at all.
The Memorial Human Rights Centre has already characterised Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code as an obvious instrument of politically-motivated prosecutions, anti-constitutional and anti-legal in its essence for the following reasons. The law
It is notable that during the trial it was Ildar Dadin, not the prosecution in the courtroom, who articulated a position based on the Russian Constitution, referring to citizens’ rights and freedoms.
The Memorial human rights centre considers anyone who is charged under Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code to be illegally prosecuted for political reasons, and anyone who is imprisoned on its basis – a political prisoner.
We demand an immediate end to the criminal prosecution of Ildar Dadin, his unconditional release, and the annullment of Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code.
Translation by Memorial HRC