Thursday, August 18, 2005


Thanks, in part, to the collection of signatures during their last US tour The Cure have helped secure the release of Yury Bandazhevsky. The Belarusian scientist had been convicted on trumped-up charges in return for his less-than-supportive stance on his government's response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The ending isn't quite an ending, though - Amnesty is concerned that, although he's been released after serving four years, he's still not been cleared:

Amnesty International is concerned that Yury Bandazhevsky will remain under the authorities’ control for the next five years, subjected to various conditions which include having to report regularly to the police, and being prohibited from assuming any managerial or political functions. Amnesty International will continue to campaign for the conditions to be lifted.

Added to which, he's going to have to put up with people going up to him saying "The Cure helped secure your release, did they? Are you a goth, then? Are you a goth?"

1 comment:

acb said...

Probably the only good thing The Cure have released since the 1980s.

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