06/24/2020

Urgent Action: Jehovah’s Witness Appeals Long Sentence (Russian Federation: UA 107.20)


Gennadiy Shpakovsky, a 61-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Pskov, western Russia, was sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment on 9 June for his faith. He is appealing his sentence, the harshest so far against a Jehovah’s Witness in Russia. Gennadiy Shpakovskiy is a prisoner of conscience prosecuted solely for exercising his right to freedom of religion. All charges against him must be dropped and he must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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Viktor Mikhailovich Teplyakov
First Deputy Prosecutor of Pskov Oblast
Prosecutor’s Office of Pskov Oblast
Ulitsa Plekhanovskiy Posad, 6
Pskov, Pskov Oblast
Russia, 180000
Fax: +7 (8112) 698 311/698 314
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 298 5700 I Fax: 202 298 5735
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Prosecutor,

I am writing to urge you to review the case and support the release of Gennady Shpakovsky, a 61-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Pskov sentenced on 9 June to six and a half years in prison on “extremism” charges (Article 282.2 (1), 282.3 (1) of the Russian Criminal Code). This is the harshest sentence issued so far against a Jehovah’s Witness in modern Russia.

Gennady Shpakovsky has committed no internationally recognizable criminal offense and has been convicted for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of religion and practicing his faith as a Jehovah’s Witness. The right to freedom of religion is enshrined in international human rights law, including treaties to which Russia is a party, and in Russia’s own Constitution.

The prohibition and closure of Jehovah’s Witnesses organizations in Russia has been arbitrary. Moreover, Russian officials at the highest level have repeatedly stated that the prohibition and closure of Jehovah’s Witnesses organizations in Russia did not mean the prohibition of practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses’ faith.

Gennady Shpakovsky is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

I urge you to use the opportunity of Gennady Shpakovsky’s upcoming appeal and take all necessary steps within your authority to facilitate his prompt release.

Yours sincerely,

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