European Parliament condemns terrorism charges against Memorial’s Orlov

The European Parliament has denounced “cynical and absurd attempts to implicate Memorial” in the crime of aiding terrorists, while Orlov himself stands trial on criminal charges of libel, risking three years in jail. In a resolution voted last week, MEPs denounced the persecution of  human rights activists and condemned all acts of terrorism and expressed sympathy to families of both the Moscow metro bombings and the attack  on the Chechen Parliament.

Passed on 21 October the resolution condemns criminal investigations of libel against Orlov and says the  code of criminal procedures of Russia was seriously violated when  conducting them.

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