Statement by Gernot Erler on threats against Russian opposition politicians

03.02.2016 - Press release

Gernot Erler, Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries, issued the following statement today (3 February) on the threats against Russian opposition politicians:

We are alarmed to see that opposition politicians are being severely threatened in Russia. These threats are being made by Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Chechen Republic, and his associates.

Particularly in view of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, whose funeral I attended less than a year ago, the German Government expects all necessary steps to be taken in Russia to protect politically active citizens against violence and repression.

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