Evicted human rights veteran Ponomaryov ready to accept assistance from tycoon Prokhorov

Leader of the movement For Human Rights Lev Ponomaryov evicted from its Moscow office by force is ready to accept assistance from business tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov.

Leader of the movement For Human Rights Lev Ponomaryov evicted from its Moscow office by force is ready to accept assistance from business tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov.

"Who in his right mind will refuse such help? This is an important story for me," Ponomaryov told Interfax on Sunday.

"That is precisely what happens in the West where business actively donates money to the independent civil sector," the veteran human rights activist said.

On Saturday Prokhorov said he was ready to pay the rent of the movement For Human Rights from his own pocket.

"Whatever the legal reasoning for the eviction of Lev Ponomaryov and his colleagues may be, it outrages me as an individual. Considering the specific culture of our state with regard to its citizens, this can happen to anyone," Prokhorov wrote on this page in Facebook.

"I know Ponomaryov in person and sincerely appreciate the work he is doing. Therefore I suggest paying the rent of the office of one of the oldest human rights organizations in Russia, For Human Rights, from my personal means," he noted.

The police and Moscow officials evicted the movement For Human Rights from its office in Moscow, claiming that the rent contract for the office had expired.

The movement described the nighttime developments as storming and said that seven people were injured in the incident, including its 72-year-old leader, Lev Ponomaryov, and Yabloko party leader and Moscow mayoral candidate Sergei Mitrokhin.

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