ALDA’s statement supporting civil society and civic activism at the local level in Russia

“ALDA expresses concern on the criminal charge against Anastasia Shevchenko, a paediatric surgeon from Krasnodar, Yana Antonova, and a young journalist from Yekaterinburg, Maxim Vernikov because of their civic activism in Russia. These three activists belong to an ALDA member organisation, Open Saint Petersburg, and they face up to 6 years in prison for civic activism in support of local democracy. The three activists are accused of cooperation with “undesirable organisation” because of their affiliation in Open Russia movement.” […]