Thursday, August 03, 2006

Merkel Criticizes Putin Over Khodorkovsky's Imprisonment

The German newspaper Berliner Zeitung has published the contents of a letter from Angela Merkel to the leader of Germany's Free Democrat Party (FDP), criticizing the conditions under which Mikhail Khodorkovsky is being imprisoned.

RFE/RL notes that Merkel's comments came in response to a plea from Germany's opposition Free Democrats for her to raise Khodorkovsky's case with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the letter, Merkel says violations of human rights in the prison worry the German government greatly.
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