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Save Vladimir Bukovsky

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Vladimir Bukovsky has long been a champion of freedom in a world of totalitarian lies and terror. Bukovsky has chronicled his long periods of imprisonment for dissent in labor camps, prisons, and psychiatric prison hospitals in the Soviet Union. His writing was among the first to highlight the growing use of psychiatric hospitals as prisons for dissidents in the Soviet Union. Bukovsky now lives in the UK, and he has remained active in his dissent and vigilant against the human rights abuses of the authoritarian regime in Putin's Russia. In 1991 he tried to organize a lawsuit against the communist party of the USSR. In 2007 Bukovsky ran for President of Russia but was disqualified by the Russian government on spurious grounds. Bukovsky has accused Putin of the assassination of Aleksander Litvinenko in 2006 and Boris Nemtsov in 2015. He’s compared Putin to Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s henchman. Bukovsky called for Putin’s resignation after the annexation of Crimea. 

Vladimir Bukovsky has also criticized the European Union’s infringements on speech and infringements of the EU upon individual rights and liberty. 

Bukovsky has been accused by the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of having pornographic images of children on his computer, images he had not placed there and has not even seen. Like the murder of Boris Nemtsov and the poisoning of Aleksander Litvinenko on UK soil, Bukovsky believes these charges are politically motivated, and the images were placed on his computer by Russian agents or allies of Putin in the UK.  On March 17, 2015,  Bukovsky testified on Litvinenko’s murder, and the CPS charged him for “pornography”  on April 27, 2015!

To defend his reputation against these anonymous and obscene accusations, Bukovsky is suing the Crown Prosecution Service for libel.  The hearings in the High Court were scheduled and canceled three times without any explanation. Since April 20, 2016, Vladimir Bukovsky has been on a hunger strike ready to test the limits of his already frail health in order to obtain this hearing. On May 3, 2016, his request to schedule the libel hearing BEFORE May 16, 2016, the day when he’ll have to defend himself from the defamation, was denied.  The situation is like the one with  Nadezhda Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot kidnapped by Russians in 2014, who has been in the Russian prison for more than two years and on a hunger strike not at once, because directed by Putin judges keep performing illegal actions.

 Bukovsky has diabetes, and each day that he is on hunger strike amplifies the danger. The High Court of Justice for England and Wales must allow his voice to be heard immediately. Transparency is required, so that courts and police operate in the light of justice.

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