Russian opposition activist commits suicide
A Russian opposition member who was seeking political asylum in the Netherlands has committed suicide while staying in an Amsterdam refugee centre, a Russian lawyers' association claimed on Thursday.
Alexander Dolmatov was arrested for taking part in a violent mass protest that was staged outside the Kremlin on May 6 last year on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's swearing-in to a third term.
Dolmatov fled to the Netherlands last year and a ruling on his request for political asylum was expected shortly, the Human Rights Association of Attorneys of Russia said in a statement.
The association said Dolmatov "committed suicide in an Amsterdam centre for refugees," but provided no other details.
The opposition activist was a member of the Other Russia movement led by writer and radical leftist dissident Eduard Limonov, his friends said.
"This is a sad and delicate case," Limonov told the Interfax news agency.
"We have to figure out the circumstances of what happened. But everything points to this just being a tragedy."
The Russian lawyers' association said that a decision on Dolmatov's asylum request had been due "within a matter of days."
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