The British mineworkers’ union has called on Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to intervene in the case of Valentin Urusov, the miner jailed for six years in Yakutia for his trade union activity.
Ian Lavery, president of the National Union of Mineworkers, has written to Medvedev urging him to free Urusov immediately, and appealed to other British trade unions to support Urusov too.
See an article from the NUM’s paper reproduced here: http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/num-says-free-valentin-urusov/
Urusov’s case is the most serious for some time in which a trade unionist has faced state intimidation in Russia. Union activists face many types of victimisation, including workplace harassment, sackings and beatings by company thugs. But this is the first time in recent years that union activity has been “punished” with a lengthy jail sentence.
The NUM’s stand is in the best tradition of international working-class solidarity.
More information on the case here: https://spirani.wordpress.com/free-urusov/