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A large number of public figures and
prominent NGOs have endorsed an open
letter
expressing concern over apparent attempts to trump up criminal
charges against two well-known civic activists – Maxim and Konstantin
Latsyba.

Since May this year both brothers have
received phone calls from police investigators who claim to be in possession of
a video showing thieves escaping from a crime scene in a car with number plates
similar to those on Maxim Latsyba’s car. No evidence of any sort has been
provided. Attempts by the police to take the car away “for examination” have
been resisted given the risk that evidence could be fabricated.

Given that, according to Maxim Latsyba, the
criminal investigation was launched on May 14, a day before the theft, such
fears are hardly surprising. Civic organizations believe this criminal
investigation is being used as a weapon to intimidate civic activists and
discredit them.

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