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Ilya Yashin

Ilya Yashin

A Russian activist and liberal politician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro A Russian activist and liberal politician
Countries Russia
Occupations Politician Human rights activist
Gender male
Birth June 29, 1983 (Moscow, Russia)
Politics Solidarnost, Russian Opposition Coordination Council, People's Freedom Party, Yabloko
Education International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences
The details

Ilya Valeryevich Yashin (Russian: Илья́ Вале́рьевич Я́шин, born 29 June 1983 in Moscow) is a Russian activist and liberal politician, one of key leaders of political party RPR-PARNAS, co-founder and one of leaders of political movement Solidarnost. He is also the leader of the Moscow branch of the RPR-PARNAS, in which the Solidarnost participates. In 2005 he was one of founders of civic youth movement Oborona. Active participant of Dissenters' Marches and rallies «For Fair Elections». In 2012 he was elected in Russian Opposition Coordination Council.

Until 2008 he was the leader of Yabloko party's youth wing, organizing mass protests and speaking to the media about its causes. However, when he became an active member of the Solidarnost, Yabloko expelled him for "causing political damage".

Yashin is known for making passionate speeches at opposition rallies. He is an active participant of the Strategy-31 campaign for freedom of assembly. In 2005, he spoke against the Nashi movement, which supported President Vladimir Putin.

On 31 December 2010 Yashin was arrested for demonstrating in Moscow at another rally of Strategy-31. He was taken to a police station and detained for fifteen days. He claims evidence was then fabricated against him by the police. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience, along with Boris Nemtsov and Konstantin Kosiakin.

Following the alleged kidnapping and torture of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev from Kiev, Ukraine, Yashin was arrested on 27 October, 2012 along with Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny while attempting to join a Moscow protest on Razvozzhayev's behalf. The three were charged with violating public order, for which they could be fined up to 30,000 rubles (US$1,000) or given 50 hours of community service.

On February 23, 2016 Yashin, despite harassment by police and hecklers, presented a report criticizing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, labeling him a danger to Russian national security and called for his resignation. The report highlighted Kadyrov's encouragement of violence against opposition activists and federal law enforcement officials, his luxurious lifestyle and corruption and the building of a personal army.

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