Moscow, May 14, Interfax - The European Union has expressed concerns about the detentions of Russian opposition activists and the possible imprisonment of the Pussy Riot group.

Fernando Valensuela, the head of the EU Delegation to Russia, said in the State Duma on Monday that the EU is concerned about the fact that opposition activists who have taken part in recent protests have been sentenced to 15 days of arrest. Speaking about the Pussy Riot group, he said that even though their performance in church was insulting to many people, the EU is concerned about the possibility that these women, who can become young mothers, may go to prison.

Among the EU concerns Valensuela also mentioned the law on liability for propaganda of homosexuality adopted in St. Petersburg.

Valensuela said the EU believes Russia should have a constructive dialogue with civil society, adding that the EU intends to fight all manifestations of discrimination.
 
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