FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 10, 2018
VOC CONDEMNS POLITICAL PERSECUTION OF MEMORIAL ACTIVIST IN RUSSIA
Oyub Titiev, a regional director of the Russian human rights NGO Memorial, is being tried on spurious charges by Putin crony Ramzan Kadyrov
Oyub Titiev, a regional director of Memorial, was arrested by state security in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Chechen authorities, controlled by the Magnitsky Act-sanctioned strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, allege that Titiev was in possession of narcotics—a charge which has been dismissed as baseless by his associates.
Memorial is an international historical, educational, human rights, and charitable organization founded in 1989 by Andrei Sakharov and other leading Soviet dissidents to document the crimes of the Soviet Union.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement: “The ugly Soviet legacy of persecuting dissidents, civil society leaders, and human rights activists with spurious criminal charges continues unabated under the rule of Vladimir Putin and his henchmen. We echo the US State Department’s call for Mr. Titiev’s immediate release and an end to the persecution of historians, Memorial leaders, and other civil society volunteers in Russia.”
Smith added: “This past November, The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation presented Memorial Society with our Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to honor Memorial’s tireless dedication to promoting a truthful historical memory of the crimes of communism. The wave of persecution that Memorial activists are forced to endure is proof of their commitment to free and open civil society in the former Soviet Union.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
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