Write to Russia: Nariman Dzhelyal – Crimean Tatar activist imprisoned on false charges

Nariman Dzhelyal is a journalist and Crimean Tatar activist who, until the organisation was banned as 'extremist', was first deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People (an…

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Write to Russia: Oleg Orlov – prominent human rights defender imprisoned for exercising the right to freedom of expression

On 27 February 2024 human rights defender Oleg Orlov, one of the founders of the Memorial Society, was sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment on charges of 'discrediting…

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Write to Russia: Svetlana Petriychuk – a playwright held on remand on charges of ‘justifying terrorism’ in violation of the right to freedom of expression

Playwright Svetlana Petriychuk was arrested on 4 May 2023 together with theatre director Evgenia Berkovich. Both women were charged with ‘justifying terrorism’ for authoring and staging the award-winning play, Finist the…

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Write to Russia: Evgenia Berkovich – a theatre director held on remand on charges of ‘justifying terrorism’ in violation of the right to freedom of expression

Theatre director Evgenia Berkovich was arrested on 4 May 2023 together with the playwright Svetlana Petriychuk. Both women were charged with 'justifying terrorism' for authoring and staging the award-winning play,…

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Write to Russia: Daniil Stepanov – imprisoned for anti-war ‘vandalism’ and ‘cooperation with foreign organisations’

Daniil Stepanov, a 30-year-old construction worker from the town of Aleksin in Tula region, was sentenced to four and a half years' imprisonment on 27 July 2023 on charges of…

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Write to Russia: Grigory Melkonyants – in custody for his work monitoring elections in Russia

Grigory Melkonyants has been held on remand since his arrest on 17 August 2023. He is co-chair of the civil society organisation Golos, an independent election watchdog, founded in 2000.…

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Write to Russia: Maria Ponomarenko – imprisoned for sharing information about the Russian attack on the Mariupol theatre

On 15 February 2023 Maria Ponomarenko, a civil society activist and journalist from Barnaul, was sentenced to six years' imprisonment (and banned for five-years from engaging in her profession of…

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Write to Russia: Vyacheslav Malakhov, remanded in custody for criticising Putin for launching the war against Ukraine

Vyacheslav Malakhov was detained in Moscow on 31 January 2024 and on 2 February 2024 he was remanded in custody on charges of 'repeated discrediting of the Russian army.' Vyacheslav…

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Write to Russia: Appaz Kurtamet, a Ukrainian citizen, imprisoned for ‘financing an illegal armed group’ by a Russian-controlled court in occupied Crimea

In April 2023, a Russian-controlled court in Simferopol in occupied Crimea sentenced Appaz Kurtamet to seven years in a strict regime penal colony (in August, the Supreme Court of Crimea…

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Write to Russia: Ilya Yashin – imprisoned for speaking out about Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Photo: Wikipedia In December 2022, Ilya Yashin, one of the most prominent opposition politicians in Russia, was sentenced to eight and a half years' imprisonment on charges of 'knowingly disseminating…

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