03/13/2018

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Detention Extended (Russian Federation: UA 5.18)


The pre-trial detention of Oyub Titiev, a prisoner of conscience and head of Russian human rights group Memorial, has been extended for a further two months, until 9 May. There has also been an increase in the number of attacks on Memorial offices and its employees, which are widely believed to be connected to the ongoing persecution of Oyub Titiev. Amnesty International believes this is part of a concerted, politically motivated attempt by the authorities to intimidate and silence human rights defenders in Russia.

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The pre-trial detention of Oyub Titiev, a prisoner of conscience and head of Russian human rights group Memorial, has been extended for a further two months, until 9 May. There has also been an increase in the number of attacks on Memorial offices and its employees, which are widely believed to be connected to the ongoing persecution of Oyub Titiev. Amnesty International believes this is part of a concerted, politically motivated attempt by the authorities to intimidate and silence human rights defenders in Russia.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Release Oyub Titiev immediately and unconditionally, and drop all charges against him;
  • Pending his release, ensure that Oyub Titiev is protected from torture and ill-treatment;
  • Conduct a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into both the circumstances that led to Oyub Titiev’s arbitrary arrest and the attacks against Memorial offices and employees, ensuring anyone found responsible is held to account.

Contact these two officials by 24 April, 2018:

President of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Ul. Ilyinka, 23
103132 Moscow,
Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 9102134
Twitter: @KremlinRussia @KremlinRussia_E
Salutation: Dear President

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 298 5700  I  Fax: 1 202 298 5735
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mfa_russia
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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