A prominent Russian human rights group warns that the country’s leaders are using Stalin-era tactics against the opposition.
issued the warning on October 30 -- the annual Day of Remembrance
for the Victims of Political Repressions.
The day honors victims of government-orchestrated repression in the former Soviet Union.
Memorial's statement said the events of recent weeks show that "Russian authorities intend to rely on the language of repression -- arrests, courts, camps."
The statement comes after two members of Russian punk performance collective Pussy Riot were sent to prison camps earlier this month.
They were convicted on hooliganism charges after performing a song protesting against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's largest Orthodox cathedral.
A number of political opposition leaders are also facing criminal investigations.
Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax