Person of the Week: Aleksandr Gabyshev

Week-ending 3 December 2021


Amnesty International has turned to the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples regarding the situation faced by a Yakut shaman who is being held in a psychiatric clinic in Siberia against his will because of his attempts to march to Moscow with the stated goal to “drive Russian President Vladimir Putin out of the Kremlin.” The rights watchdog said in a November 29 statement that Aleksandr Gabyshev has been held “illegally” in a specialized psychiatric clinic under intense supervision in the city of Novosibirsk, some 5,000 kilometers away from his native city of Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia.

‘Amnesty ‘Expects’ UN’s Special Rapporteur To Act Regarding Anti-Putin Shaman Held In Psychiatric Clinic,’ RFE/RL, 30 November 2021:

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