Russia's human rights center expands list of political prisoners

11:45, 31 October 2017
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The Russian Memorial Human Rights Center (HRC) has updated the list of political prisoners in Russia, according to the center's website.

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The majority of the convicts are Muslims who were accused of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation, the report says.

Memorial HRC emphasizes there are many Ukrainians, namely Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh and others among the political prisoners.

Noteworthy, the last year's list included 102 people.

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