Russian activist seeks asylum in the Netherlands

27th June 2012, Comments 0 comments

Russian activist Aleksander Dolmatov has requested political asylum in the Netherlands, according .

Dolmatov worked as a designer for a company that makes tactical rockets. He claims that his association with a non-registered opposition party led the Russian secret service to persecute and threaten him.

“A manager at the company where I work told a reporter that they will murder me,” Dolmatov told via telephone from an asylum centre somewhere in the Netherlands.

On 6 May, Dolmatov was arrested while protesting against Vladimir Putin’s third term as president. The police say he failed to heed their instructions.

Dolmatov has been in the Netherlands since 9 June. The next day, Russian authorities conducted a wave of house searches, including Dolmatov’s parents’ home. Dolmatov says this convinced him to ask for political asylum in the Netherlands. He officially made that request on 13 June.

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