Rally held in Moscow in support of citizen journalists detained in Crimea
November 30, activists of the Strategy-30 initiative group held a series of one-person pickets in Moscow in support of bloggers and citizen journalists arrested in illegally annexed Crimea.
Activist Vera Lavreshina reported about the actions on her facebook page.
She recalled that the correspondent of Grani.ru Ramzi Bekirov faces a 20-year prison sentence, or even a life sentence under a terrorist article, for his reporter work at court trials in occupied Crimea. Nariman Memedeminov, a Crimean blogger, has been imprisoned for almost 2 years “for calls for extremism.” Osman Arifmemetov and Rustem Sheikhaliev were also arrested because they, as citizen journalists, spoke about the persecution of Crimean Tatars in their homeland.
“Grani.ru urge the journalistic community to support colleagues, loudly and clearly demand their release. Soon a gag will be put on each writing and speaking. On each!” Lavreshina wrote.
Russian activists take to the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg on the 30th day of each month to remind about the illegal persecution of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in occupied Crimea.
In the summer, activists of the Russian Strategy-30 initiative also held pickets in support of Ukrainians imprisoned for political reasons.