Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Russian Activists Denounce Georgia Embargo

From Civil Georgia:

A group of Russian civil society activists called on the Russian authorities to stop “anti-Georgian hysteria” and “creation of war atmosphere,” the Russian on-line magazine Grani.Ru reported on October 3.

An open letter by number of prominent Russian human rights activists, including Lyudmila Alekseeva, chairperson of Moscow Helsinki Group; Lev Ponomaryov of the For Human Rights (FHR) movement and Elena Bonner reads that Russia’s decision to impose embargo on Georgia will hit the most vulnerable part of the population and the move is a clear sign of “collective punishment.”

“We call on the Russian civil society to announce a moral boycott of those politicians who sow hatred towards Georgia and the Georgian people. We call on politicians and society to openly denounce the blockade against Georgia and preparations for war,” the open letter reads.

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