As the start of the Sochi Olympics approaches, the Russian authorities have decided to release another prisoner of conscience (POC) in a move that can be seen as politically expedient, Amnesty International said today.
The Russian Supreme Court took a decision with immediate effect today to reduce the sentence of businessman Platon Lebedev to the time already spent in prison. His sentence was due to expire in May 2014.
“Platon Lebedev was confined to prison as a result of a deeply flawed and politically motivated trial. Russia’s Supreme Court’s decision gives freedom to Platon Lebedev three months early, however it does not quash his conviction or remedy the injustice done to him” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Program Director at Amnesty International.