Lift Restrictions on Russian Activist.
On August 17, 2007, a court in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, imposed more stringent restrictions on Stanislav Dmitrievsky, director of the banned Russian Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS). It is now more likely that Dmitrievsky may be imprisoned and forced to serve out the two-year sentence he received when he was convicted in February 2006.
This court decision is a continuation of the official harassment of Dmitrievsky and the RCFS in recent months, which has included threats, heavy surveillance of the organization's premises, and harassment by law enforcement agencies.
In 2005, Dmitrievsky was the target of a prosecution that appeared designed to disrupt the work of one of the few independent organizations reporting on human rights conditions in the war-torn province of Chechnya.
Despite these official pressures, the organization has re-formed under a new name and is continuing to function. Please call on the Russian authorities to cease interference with the legitimate activities of Stanislav Dmitrievsky............
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