Urgent Action: Activist Jailed for Peaceful Protests (Russian Federation: UA 82.20)
May 20, 2020
Konstantin Kotov was arrested on 10 August 2019 and later imprisoned for repeated participation in peaceful “unsanctioned” rallies, a crime under Russian law. On 20 April, his conviction was upheld and his sentence reduced from four years to eighteen months, which he is appealing. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
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Ambassador Anatoly Antonov Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 298 5700 I Fax: 202 298 5735
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
Dear Prosecutor General,
I am writing to urge you to seek the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Konstantin Kotov. He has been convicted and imprisoned under article 212.1 of the Criminal Code in connection with his participation in several peaceful protests in 2018 and 2019 in Moscow.
Konstantin Kotov has not committed any internationally recognized criminal offense and has not engaged in or incited any violent acts. By taking part in peaceful street protests, he was simply exercising his right to freedom of peaceful assembly, a right guaranteed to him under international human rights law and by the Russian Constitution.
I urge you to consider Russia’s commitment to respect and protect the human right to freedom of assembly under a number of international treaties to which it is a state party, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Therefore, I call on you to take all necessary steps to ensure that Konstantin Kotov’s case is immediately reviewed with a view to quashing his conviction, clearing his criminal record and awarding him adequate reparation for the human rights violations he has suffered.