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Western right defenders proclaimed ‘Kremlin agents’ in Ukraine

The Ukrainian vice-prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko called Amnesty International an “agent of Kremlin’s influence” after it had published a statement on repressions towards people arrested for using Soviet symbols during the Victory Day celebrations.

Amnesty International was disturbed with recent arrests and police violence in Ukraine. It issued a statement. Here is its complete text: “On May 9, peaceful demonstrators were detained in Ukraine because of the non-violent use of Soviet symbols. We believe that the Ukrainian government is obliged to ensure freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly for all citizens.
The prohibition of symbols associated with the Communist Party and the Soviet past (“decommunization” laws adopted in May 2015) is a violation of the right to freedom of expression, and the detention of peaceful demonstrators is a step towards limiting freedom for expression and peaceful assembly by the Ukrainian authorities.
All detainees must be released. We also demand an effective and unbiased investigation of all cases of violence during today’s demonstrations.
“The detention of peaceful citizens and the prohibition of Soviet symbols are unacceptable. Such measures do not free Ukraine from the Soviet legacy, from the draconian laws and practices of the Soviet era, but contrary bring us and our country closer to them,” Oksana Pokalchuk, director of Amnesty International in Ukraine, said.

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