Russian Federation: Amnesty International launches annual report and second Memorandum to President Medvedev

Media invite

(Moscow) Amnesty International’s Report 2009, which will be launched on Thursday, 28 May 2009 from London, will look back on key trends and events in 2008 across more than 150 countries and ahead to the impact of the economic crisis on human rights across the world.

On the same day in Moscow, Amnesty International will present the organization’s main conclusions regarding the global trends in the protection of human rights and will illustrate them with examples from the Russian Federation and other countries in the region.

Amnesty International will also distribute its second memorandum to President Medvedev listing key human rights concerns that remain unaddressed.   The event will also mark the launch of a major new campaign from Amnesty International that will address the human rights abuses that deepen and drive poverty.

When:        Thursday 28 May 2009 at 11:00 Moscow time (07:00 GMT)

Where:        Interfax         2, Pervaya Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str.         Moscow         Accreditation on tel. 250 8832

Who:        Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director   Sergei Nikitin, Amnesty International representative office in Russia Director          Also present at the press conference and available for interviews will be Andrei Yerofeev, art critic under trial for allegedly inciting hatred and enmity in regards to an exhibition in the Sakharov Museum in Moscow, and Roman Dobrokhotov, journalist, leader of the youth organization My (We).

For further information or to request an interview with Amnesty International’s spokespeople, please contact: Lydia Aroyo, Press Officer for Europe and Central Asia in London, tel. (+44 20) 7413 5599 or (+44) (0) 7771 796 350, and in Moscow +7 925 022 0039 between 25 and 29 May 2007; e-mail: [email protected]; Amnesty International representative office in Moscow, tel. (+7 495) 691 2904; 690 1852 e-mail: [email protected]

  Note to editors: Amnesty International spokespeople will be available to conduct interviews after the press conference, live or via telephone. •    Nicola Duckworth (English), Lydia Aroyo (English, Russian and Bulgarian) and Sergei Nikitin (English and Russian) will be available for interviews. •    Andrei Yerofeev (Russian, English, French) and Roman Dobrokhotov (Russian, English, German, Italian). •    Video to accompany the report will be available on Beta SP for those who attend the press conference or it can be mailed to them on request