January 19, 2013
A Russian opposition activist who was seeking political asylum in the Netherlands has committed suicide while being held in a refugee centre, friends and associates said on Thursday.
Alexander Dolmatov fled Russia after the authorities searched his home in June to determine his role in a violent rally held outside the Kremlin on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s May 7 swearing-in to a third term.
There were conflicting reports about the immediate circumstances of Dolmatov’s death.
The Human Rights Association of Attorneys of Russia said he had “committed suicide (Wednesday) in an Amsterdam centre for refugees.”
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