Urgent Action: Prisoner of Conscience Expects Parole Decision (Russian Federation: UA 155.20)

October 13, 2020

On 22 October Dmitrovgrad Town Court, in Ulyanovsk Region, western Russia, will consider the parole application of youth human rights defender Yan Sidorov. Both he and his friend Vladislav Mordasov are prisoners of conscience, serving sentences of over six years, simply for trying to organize a peaceful protest in November 2017 in support of dozens of Rostov-on-Don residents who had lost their houses in mass fires.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Lt.-Col. Bobrovskiy Stanislav Victorovich
Acting Head of the penal colony IK-10
IK-10 UFSIN of Russia for Ulyanovsk Region
Ul. Promyshlennaya, d.3, Dmitrovgrad
Ulyanovsk Region, Russia 433510
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
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @RusEmbUSA
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Lt.-Col. Bobrovskiy,

I am writing to you concerning human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Yan Sidorov who is serving his sentence at IK-10. On 22 October, Dmitrovgrad Town Court will consider his parole application.

Yan Sidorov and his friend Vladislav Mordasov were arrested on 5 November 2017 for trying to organize a peaceful protest in support of dozens of Rostov-on-Don residents who had lost their houses in mass fires. Yan Sidorov was 18 years old at the time and Vladislav Mordasov was 21 years old. They had committed no crime and were falsely charged with “organizing mass disturbances”. Nonetheless, following an unfair trial on 4 October 2019, Rostov-on-Don Regional Court found them guilty and sentenced them, respectively, to six years and seven months and six years and six months in a strict regime penal colony. On 10 December 2019, the Third Court of Appeal in Rostov-on-Don upheld their convictions.

Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov are prisoners of conscience as their only “wrongdoing” was their intention to exercise peacefully their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to speak up in support of others. They should be released immediately and unconditionally, and their convictions should be quashed.

As the head of the administration of the colony where Yan Sidorov is serving his sentence, you will be providing his character reference, and you have the authority to support his application for parole. This is an opportunity to begin to rectify the injustice done to this young person, and I urge you to do so by supporting Yan Sidorov’s application for parole.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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