Putin expelled human rights activists from the Human Rights Council – and included Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent Alexander Kots in it

14:15, November 17, 2022Source: Legal Information Internet Portal

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree amending the composition of the Human Rights Council. The corresponding document is published on the portal of legal information.

According to the decree, ten people were expelled from the council, including Igor Kalyapin, founder of the Committee against Torture, Natalia Evdokimova, executive secretary of the Human Rights Council of St. Petersburg, Alexander Verkhovsky, director of the Sova information and analytical center, and journalists Nikolai Svanidze, Ivan Zasursky and Ekaterina Vinokurova.

Instead, the HRC included the head of the executive committee of the All-Russian Popular Front, Yulia Belekhova, a deputy from the self-proclaimed DPR, Elena Shishkina, and Komsomolskaya Pravda war correspondent Alexander Kots.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the reshuffle in the Human Rights Council as follows: “In new circumstances, other people become leaders of public opinion and in new circumstances, other people can better represent civil society. And they are the most correct reflection of civil society.”

In turn, Natalia Evdokimova, who was expelled from the HRC , said that these reshuffles were “a relief” for her. “The current council does not need people who are fighting for something. We need those who support power structures. Previously, each of us was an author and had his own voice. Now everything is at the mercy of the presidential administration and the chairman of the council, Mr. Fadeev. He passes off his opinion as ours,” she explained.

Annual meetings of Russian President Vladimir Putin and HRC members are held in December. According to Kommersant, in 2022, most of the reports will be devoted to the war in Ukraine. In particular, the newspaper writes , Nikolai Svanidze, expelled from the council, wanted to “raise the question of a virtual ban on anti-war speeches and illegal discrediting of opponents of the war.”

In March 2022, 13 HRC members called on the Russian authorities to immediately stop the fighting. On November 17, the president expelled most of them from the council by his decree. 

(C)MEDUZA 2022

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