On January 21st, we invite everyone who cares about human rights to a demonstration for the release of political prisoners in Russia.
For Russia without war! Without reprisals! Without Putin!
The action is timed in remembrance of Aleksej Navalnyj’s return to Russia after the poisoning and his illegal arrest January 21st 2021. After Aleksej Navalnyj’s arrest, mass peaceful protests against Putin’s regime took place in Russian cities. The authorities suppressed these protests with the use of the most brutal violence. Three years have passed. Alexey Navalny is still in prison.
24th February 2022 Putin started a full-scale brutal invasion in Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of victims, millions of refugees, entire cities have been wiped off the face of the earth, ecosystems have been destroyed, there is no end to war crimes.
The protracted war resulted in a tougher fight against “internal enemies”. Inside Russia, repressions have become even more severe – people who make antiwar statements are being thrown into prison for long terms, Navalnyj’s lawyers and independent observers are being imprisoned, and the lists of “foreign agents” and undesirable organizations continue to grow. There are currently thousands of people in Russian penal colonies convicted on “political” charges. The police state’s repressions have exceeded all limits of what is acceptable in a civilized society.
- Artist Sasha Skochilenko was sentenced to 20 years for changing price tags in a store. She simply called the war a war and called for peace.
- Journalist and public figure Vladimir Kara-Murza was sentenced to 25 years for anti-war speeches!
- Politician Ilya Yashin was sentenced to 8½ years in prison for streaming on his YouTube channel about the crimes in Bucha.
- Municipal deputy Alexey Gorinov was sentenced to 7 years in prison because at a meeting of the Council of Deputies he called the events in Ukraine a war, and not a “special operation.”
- Public activist Igor Baryshnikov was accused of going to pickets and posting on Facebook. He is seriously ill, and over the months in the colony his condition has deteriorated critically.
These are just a few famous names. We fear for their life. The sacrifice of hundreds of political prisoners in the Russian Federation should motivate people to continue their struggle. We demand the speedy release of all political prisoners from Russian prisons!
Also, in November 2023 the Supreme Court of Russia pushed some Russian citizens beyond the bounds of the law when it recognized the “international LGBT public movement” as “extremist”. All representatives of the LGBTIQ community are under the threat of criminal prosecution, including those who support the LGBTIQ community and speak about the inadmissibility of discrimination.
Putin is still in power and has nominated his candidacy for the Russian presidential election. It is difficult to fight this farce.
We come out on January 21st, 2024 in a call to unite in the fight against the dictatorship of Putin and support Ukraine in its resistance to Putin’s Russia. We demand to stop the war and withdraw troops from the entire territory of Ukraine!
Together we stand for a Russia without war, without repressions, without homophobia and transphobia, without corruption and dictatorship,
for a Russia without Putin.
To remain silent means admitting the regime has won. We are not silent!
“Russia without Putin” demonstration will take place
WHERE: the City Hall Square/Rådhuspladsen
WHEN: January 21st, 14:00- 15:00