Putin: Stop the Corruption
To Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev: :
As concerned citizens from across Russia, we call on you to immediately release activists jailed while denouncing widespread electoral fraud. We urge you to take strong, concrete action to stamp out rampant corruption and ensure that freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are fully respected in the run-up to the presidential election.
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The government is terrified of mass public protest. They know their credibility is at its lowest after blatantly rigging the election and are responding with the usual dirty tactics: mass arrests, blocking critical websites and filling the streets with troops. Despite this heavy-handedness, Putin has to appear responsive to the public in the run-up to presidential elections – and if we raise a massive outcry now, we can press him to release these brave activists and demonstrate that the cry for accountability has only just begun.
Let’s build a massive petition to show that our movement can’t be jailed or silenced. When we reach 20,000 signers, we’ll deliver our call to free the protest leaders to Putin and broadcast it on major Russian media. Add your voice for their freedom now, and forward widely: