A Russian school teacher described by Amnesty International as a possible prisoner of conscience said on Thursday she had been ordered to resign her job as punishment for opposing the Kremlin.
Yekaterina Bunicheva’s head teacher said he had reprimanded her for failing to show up for work after she was jailed for five days. He denied telling her to resign or that the punishment had been for her political beliefs. Bunicheva and three other opposition activists were arrested in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, last month as they made their way to a pro-government rally where they were planning to protest. All three were given the same jail term after they were found guilty of swearing at police.
The history teacher said soon after her release she was called in to see her headteacher, Vladimir Ushakov, at the city’s School No. 106.