The programme for the support of political prisoners analyses the situation and outlines ways to improve it
The report attempts to provide a comprehensive overview of the situation with political prisoners in today’s Russia and analyses various aspects of the ongoing politically motivated repression in the country.
The authors conclude that:
To put an end to political repression in Russia, the political regime must fundamentally change. Yet, it is possible and necessary to demand today that:
The report is divided into thematic chapters dealing with specific topics of interest: who political prisoners are, who faces politically motivated prosecution in Russia and what charges are advanced against them, what human rights are violated, and what motives drive the organisers and perpetrators of the repression.
The authors of the report go beyond a simple description and analysis of individual cases and try to outline both the response of Russian civil society to the repression and the reaction of the Russian authorities to the growing public discontent.