Almost two thirds of Russians (63%) believe that in the country there are people who have been convicted for their political views or the desire to participate in political life. It follows from the data of “Levada-center”, which examined “Vedomosti”. This is the maximum for all the investigations since 2004, a year ago it was considered to be 50%. A free man in society feel 68% of respondents (approximately at the level of the previous surveys in 2014 and 2015), about personal freedom of say 32%.
At the end of 2019 in the list of the human rights centre “memorial” was 63 persons, which the organization recognized as political prisoners. In addition, 245 employees, according to the “Memorial” are persecuted for religion, and 212 – also for political reasons, but without imprisonment.
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