Around 100 people flocked to Lewes Town Hall for the public meeting on the New Russia which was organised by local human rights campaigners.
Attendees signed a letter to the Russian Federation’s Prosecutor General in support of a journalist, Elena Klimora, who has been charged with “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” after she set up an online project offering psychological support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers.
She faces a substantial fine and closure of the project if convicted. Amnesty International has raised ongoing concerns about such restrictions on freedom of expression in the Russian Federation.
Lewes Amnesty Group Chair Sara Birch said: “We were very pleased with the number of people who came to the public meeting and the support everyone showed for those whose freedom of expression is being so threatened.
“By signing our letter to the Prosecutor General, Lewes Amnesty supporters contributed to demonstrating to the Russian authorities the breadth and depth of concern about this around the world.”