There were no Bolotnaya Riots, international experts say

There were no Bolotnaya Riots, international experts say

События 6 мая 2012г. на Болотной площади в Москве. Промежуточная оценка Международной экспертной комиссии[EN]
События 6 мая 2012г. на Болотной площади в Москве. Промежуточная оценка Международной экспертной комиссии[RO]
События 6 мая 2012г. на Болотной площади в Москве. Промежуточная оценка Международной экспертной комиссии[RU]



International experts do not believe that the events of May 6, 2012 there are signs of "riots"



Key findings of the Commission are contained in a report that on December 18, "Memorial" in Moscow presented its authors : Sergei Ostaf from Moldova, one of the authors of the "Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly " ODIHR and Oleg Martynenko from Ukraine, a retired police colonel.

Events May 6, 2012 on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow became the subject of an independent international investigation. It for 2013 is conducted by leading international experts in the field of freedom of peaceful assembly and police response measures. Now the so-called " Swamp case" accusations of wrongdoing brought nearly 30 participants of the protest action, some cases are heard in court.

International commission was formed at the initiative of human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights, the International Protection Centre , the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights, " International Civil Initiative for the OSCE " and others. Having studied more than 200 different documents and reviewing about 50 hours of video, the experts tried to answer the question, what exactly happened on Bolotnaya Square May 6, 2012 , if there had been massive riots and who is responsible for police and protesters clash .

The report, in particular, said :

"A chronological overview of the events that took place May 6, 2012 on and around Bolotnaya Square, demonstrates that violence and violation of the order have been largely caused by the actions of the authorities, especially the police, both before the event and during the day."

"Based on the analysis of submissions clear that the events on May 6 as a whole can not be classified as a public event with the defining criteria of "riots".

Key findings of the Commission are contained in a report that on December 18,  at "Memorial" was presented by its authors : Sergei Ostaf from Moldova, one of the authors of the "Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly " ODIHR and Oleg Martynenko from Ukraine, a retired police colonel. Also at the presentation performed Tatyana Lokshina of Human Rights Watch and Damelya Aitkhozhina of Amnesty International. Full version of the report in Russian is available here and is annexed below in a pdf version:

http://6maycommission.org

And the English are expected to be posted within two weeks.

Radio Svoboda led direct on-line translation of presentation:



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