Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Representative Office in the Russian Federation, was in Luxembourg. Yesterday evening, Amnesty International Luxembourg invited to a conference about the situation in Russia. Today, Mr Nikitin met MP Felix Braz at the office of the green party. Due to a meeting at the House of Parliament, I couldn’t join the meeting. I just welcomed Mr Nikitin and had a short exchange about the situation in the Ukraine. „They try to copy us,“ was his comment.
During his meeting with Felix Braz, Mr Nikitin explained that the human rights situation had considerably worsened since the demonstrations surrounding the reelection of Vladimir Putin. Human rights activists and NGOs increasingly encounter obstacles during their work, they deal with intimidation or are even prevented from speaking out. Since last spring, a number of laws have been adopted that significantly limit the right to assembly and freedom of expression among other things. In addition, a new ambiguous law on espionage and treason came into force. This law makes it possible in principle to accuse any Russian citizen who has had contact with foreigners or foreign NGOs, for example in order to forward information on violations of human rights in Russia, of high treason.