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Candidate ombudsperson for mitigation of sentences in Bolotnaya Square case

February 25, 2014, 7:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"I hope the higher instances will be able to treat the case with more humaneness," Ella Pamfilova said
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Ella Pamfilova

Ella Pamfilova

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MOSCOW, February 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Ella Pamfilova, candidate to the post of human rights commissioner of the Russian Federation, hopes for the mitigation of the sentences passed on Monday on participants in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square protests that took place on May 6, 2012.

“I hope the higher instances will be able to treat the case with more humaneness and will take into account, for instance, the health condition (of one of the defendants) Sergei Krivov,” she told ltar-Tass on Monday.

Pamfilova added that it would be premature for her to give more detailed comments on the case before her being elected to the post human rights commissioner of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, she promised “to deal with all things” if endorsed as human rights commissioner. “If I am endorsed in the State Duma as human rights commissioner of the Russian Federation, I will deal with all the things, regardless of their acuteness and nature, but only within my powers,” Pamfilova stressed.

She confessed to feeling a bit nervous as she is “excellently aware” as to the scope of problems and questions she will face. “These are housing problems, public health and education problems, problems ranging from the state of the environment to corruption, a multitude of problems,” the human rights supporter said.

The presidium of the United Russia faction in the State Duma on Monday supported Pamfilova’s candidature to the post of human rights commissioner of the Russian Federation proposed by the Russian President. Vladimir Putin earlier discussed her nomination with human rights supporters and with the previous ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, whose powers expired on February 18.

Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court on Monday passed the sentences on eight defenders ranging from the conditional sentence to 4 years of the deprivation of freedom for their part in mass protests in Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012.

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