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

posted 16 Apr 2012, 13:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Apr 2012, 13:52 ]
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. [Read more]