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The Bolotnaya Three

Russia

On May 6, 2012, the eve of Vladimir Putin's Presidential inauguration ceremony, tens of thousands gathered to march on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square in protest of his reelection. What started as a peaceful protest led to localized violence and the dispersal of all the participants. Up to 650 people were detained and 47 others were hospitalized.

Among those detained were the "Bolotnaya 3" - Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko. All three men were arrested during the march, released, and then rearrested one month later on charges of "participating in mass riots." Authorities also allege that Artiom and Mikhail used force against the police, yet video footage and eyewitness accounts contradict these charges. All three men have been held without bail since June 2012 and Mikhail was forcibly committed to a psychiatric unit in October 2013. Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko are prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

The cases of the Bolotnaya 3 exemplify the Putin administration's repressive response to Russia's growing protest movement. Raise your voice and demand justice for the Bolotnaya 3 and all Russians whose right to free expression has been curtailed!

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SEND SEPARATE MAIL FOR EACH OF THE MEN TO:

Vladimir Georgievich Akimenkov
Pre-trial detention facility SIZO-2 "Butyrka"
127055 Moscow
ul. Novoslobodskaya, 45
Russian Federation

Artiom Victorovich Saviolov
Pre-trial detention facility SIZO-2 "Butyrka"
127055 Moscow
ul. Novoslobodskaya, 45
Russian Federation

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Kosenko
Psychiatric Department of Pre-trial detention facility SIZO-2 "Butyrka"
127055 Moscow
ul. Novoslobodskaya, 45
Russian Federation

WRITE THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL

Urge him to drop all charges against those who were peacefully protesting at Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012.

Demand a prompt and fair trial for all protesters, and release those who present no risk of endangering public security for the duration of the trial.

Call on him to immediately and unconditionally release Vladimir Gheorgievich Akimenkov, Artiom Victorovich Saviolov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Kosenko and other peaceful protesters detained in connection with the Bolotnaya Square march.

Yurii Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Prosecutor General's Office
ul. B. Dmitrovka, d. 15a
125993 Moscow GSP-3
Russian Federation
Phone: 011 7 495 987 57 08
Fax: 011 7 495 987 58 41 -OR- 011 7 495 692 17 25
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