Statement by 32 Human Rights Groups on the Verdict and Sentencing in the case of Oleg Orlov

27 February 2024

Human rights defender Oleg Orlov sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment

Today 32 human rights organizations (see below) issued a statement condemning the conviction and sentencing of Oleg Orlov, cochair of Human Rights Defence Centre Memorial, to two and a half years’ imprisonment on politically motivated charges of ‘repeatedly discrediting’ Russia’s armed forces.

Rights in Russia fully endorses this statement.

Source: Amnesty International

Statement by Russian and International Human Rights Groups on the Unjust Sentence in the Politically Motivated Case against Russian Human Rights Defender Oleg Orlov

We, 32 human rights organizations, condemn Moscow’s Golovinsky District Court’s sentencing today of Oleg Orlov, cochair of Human Rights Defense Center Memorial, to 2 years and 6 months in prison on politically motivated charges of
“repeatedly discrediting” Russia’s armed forces.

Orlov, 70, is a veteran human rights defender who has devoted his life to exposing rights abuses and seeking justice for
victims. His “crime” was to protest the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine and the escalating political repression inside Russia.
Orlov’s trial was a mockery of justice and an attack on the fundamental right to free expression. He and his legal team
have said that they will appeal the verdict.

Russian authorities should quash Oleg Orlov’s conviction and release him immediately along with all those detained
simply for exercising their basic human rights, including public criticism of government abuses. Key international actors
should use their influence take all possible measures to obtain Orlov’s freedom and hold the Russian government
accountable for its grave and persistent human rights violations.


  • Human Rights Watch
  • Amnesty International
  • Norwegian Helsinki Committee
  • International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)
  • OVD-Info
  • Front Line Defenders
  • Public Verdict Foundation
  • Civic Assistance Committee
  • Human Rights Defence Center “Memorial”
  • International Memorial Association
  • Crew Against Torture
  • Stichting Justice Initiative
  • Board of Civil Society Forum
  • Human Rights House Foundation
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
  • The Netherlands Helsinki Committee
  • Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland)
  • Movement of Conscientious Objectors
  • Freedom House
  • Citizens’ Watch
  • International Protection Centre
  • Mass Media Defence Centre
  • Andrei Sakharov Institute
  • Freedom Files, Poland
  • International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)
  • Center for Civil Liberties, Ukraine
  • Anti-Discrimination Center Memorial (Belgium)
  • Human Rights Center Viasna (Belarus)
  • Belarussian Helsinki Committee
  • Östgruppen
  • Radio Sakharov
  • Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

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