Jail sentence on Memorial's Orlov is 'politically motivated', Nobel body says

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  • Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

Russian veteran human rights campaigner Oleg Orlov gestures in handcuffs while standing behind a glass wall of an enclosure for defendants as he attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, February 27, 2024. Orlov was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of discrediting Russia's armed forces. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

OSLO (Reuters) - The committee awarding the Nobel Peace Prize said on Wednesday it was "appalled" by the jail sentence imposed on Russian human rights activist Oleg Orlov, one of the leaders of Memorial, who shared the prize in 2022.

"The sentence against Mr Orlov is politically motivated and provides another proof of the increasing disrespect for human rights and freedom of speech in today's Russia," Joergen Watne Frydnes, the head of the committee, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Nora Buli, editing by Gwladys Fouche)

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