German MP: charge against Anton Surapin must be completely withdrawn
20. August 2012 – Release of Anton Suryapin
Photographer Anton Suryapin and another young man, Siarhei Basharymau, who were arrested by the KGB following the July 4 teddy bear drop were released on 17 August on their own recognizance.
Bijan Djir-Sarai, Member of German Bundestag, who has taken on a prisoner’s godparenthood for Anton Suryapin, stated:
"I'm deeply relieved to hear about Anton Suryapin's release of prison. Nevertheless, it can just be seen as an important step in the right direction - still there is more to do. The restriction on his free movement is not acceptable. Freedom of expression as well as freedom of movement are crucial human rights. The charge against him must be completely withdrawn."