August 15, 2015

Russian Federation: Protect Gennady Afanasiyev (UA 180/15)

Gennady Afanasiyev, a key a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Ukrainian activists Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko, has withdrawn the testimony that he gave under torture. He has been threatened and is at renewed risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
1) Please write immediately in Russian or your own language:
  • Reminding the Russian authorities that both the Russian Constitution and the UN Convention against Torture require Russia to take measures to prevent torture and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice;
  • Insisting that Gennady Afanasiyev be protected from all forms of torture and other ill-treatment and any attempts to exert pressure on him;
  • Urging them to investigate the allegations that Gennady Afanasiyev was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment when detained in Simferopol in May 2014 and subsequently during the trial in Rostov-on-Don.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to with “UA 180/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.