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Human Rights Defender in Karelia Suspected of Extremism in relation to Russian Orthodox Church Summoned for Questioning

13 April 2012 


Photo: Maksim Efimov 

On 13 April the Investigative Committee for Muezersky district in Karelia is to question Maksim Efimov, chair of the Youth Human Rights Group.  

The civic activist is suspected of ‘inciting hatred or hostility, and also the abasement of human dignity of a group of people in relation to their religion’ (Article 282, Section 1, of the Russian Criminal Code). Maksim Efimov is represented by Olga Rybalova, a lawyer provided on the initiative of the Agora Human Rights Association.

On the night of 11-12 April the apartment of human rights defender Maksim Efimov was searched and his home computer was confiscated. A criminal investigation against Maksim Efimov was opened following the publication on the Internet of an article he wrote entitled ‘Karelia is Tired of Priests’.
Rights in Russia,
16 Apr 2012, 13:56