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Russia: Human Rights Figures Petition Online to Free May 6 Prisoners

As the din of the Pussy Riot trial fades, some human rights activists in Russia are seeking to shift the public's focus to protesters arrested in connection with violence against police at a mass demonstration in early May. Twenty-three of Russia's most noteworthy intellectuals and activists have signed an online petition [ru] calling for the 12 prisoners’ release, demanding that the authorities “come to their senses” and “end the repressions.” The petition has been signed [ru] by another 65 RuNet users.

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