Russian opposition activist commits suicide

17th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

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."

© 2013 AFP

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