05/10/2018

Urgent Action: Peaceful Protester in Pre-Trial Detention (Russian Federation: UA 90.18)


On 7 May, Dzerzhinsky District Court in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, remanded Mikhail Tsakunov in pre-trial detention until 4 July for alleged use of violence against a police officer. If found guilty, Mikhail Tsakunov could face 10 years in prison. However, the charges against him contravene publicly available video footage.

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On 7 May, Dzerzhinsky District Court in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, remanded Mikhail Tsakunov in pre-trial detention until 4 July for alleged use of violence against a police officer. If found guilty, Mikhail Tsakunov could face 10 years in prison. However, the charges against him contravene publicly available video footage.

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

  • Insisting that the authorities release Mikhail Tsakunov immediately and unconditionally as he has been arrested solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly;
  • Calling for an impartial investigation into the circumstances of his arrest and the use of force by police;
  • Calling on Russian authorities to fully respect and uphold the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Russia.

Contact these two officials by 21 June, 2018:

Prosecutor General
Yuriy Chaika
Prosecutor General’s Office
ul. B Dmitrovka, d.15a
125993 Moscow GSP- 3
Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 987 58 41/ +7 495 692 17 25
Online submissions (accepted only in Russian):
https://ipriem.genproc.gov.ru/contacts/ipriem/
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General

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

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 90.18
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