In an open letter, some of Russia’s most prominent human rights activists, including Soviet dissident Sergei Kovalev, have called on the international community to stand up to Russia’s “aggression” and to go as far as removing the country from the Group of Eight. The letter, below, was first released on August 10th.
Other public figures have called on both sides to stop the violence, and start negotiations. According to the latest media reports, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has ordered a halt of military operations, although fighting continued.
The text of the open letter can be read here.