Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation chairman calls for immediate release of Vladimir Kara-Murza

International media reports that Russian opposition politician, academic and long time partner of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, Vladmir Kara-Murza, has been detained outside his home in Moscow. The detention of Kara-Murza happened immediately after he publically called the Putin regime a “regime of murderers”. Kara-Murza has previously survived two poisoning attempts.

The chairman of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, Peter Egardt, has issued the following statement:

“I call for the immediate release of Vladimir Kara-Murza, and all other political activists that have been jailed by the Kremlin as they have protested the illegal war in Ukraine. The detention of Kara-Murza shows that the Kremlin is afraid of free speech, the opposition and ultimately the people’s longing for democracy and freedom in Russia”.