Russian human rights defender Aleksei Sokolov has been released on parole. His sentence for charges which he has always denied was imposed after a trial held with several reported violations of fair trial standards, and based on testimonies of prison inmates, some of whom had earlier complained of pressure to testify against him.
Amnesty International spoke to Aleksei Sokolov, on 27 July. He said he was relieved to be able to go back to his wife and children. He thanked Amnesty International and its members as well as the many other human rights organizations that have supported him over the last two years.
Thanks to all of those who took action on behalf of Aleksei Sokolov. No further appeals from the network are required at present but Amnesty International will continue to monitor this case.