Urgent Action Update: JAILED ACTIVIST TRANSFERRED TO MOSCOW (Russian Federation: UA 114.21)

November 23, 2021

On November 17, 2021, a court upheld on appeal the pretrial detention of activist Lilia Chanysheva, and she was transferred out of her hometown of Ufa on November 21, 2021. She will be held in Moscow, almost 1,500 km away. Lilia Chanysheva has been detained since November 9, 2021, on politically motivated charges of “establishing or leading an extremist association”, for her role as former regional coordinator of “Navalny’s headquarters”. She faces up to 10 years in prison. Lilia Chanysheva has committed no crime and must be released immediately.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Igor Viktorovich Krasnov
Ul. Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 15A
Moscow, GSP-3, 125993
Russian Federation
Twitter: @Genproc
Facebook: @Genprocrf
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
Facebook: @RusEmbUSA
Instagram: @RusEmbUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Prosecutor General,

I am deeply concerned about the arbitrary detention of activist Lilia Chanysheva, who has been transferred from her hometown of Ufa to pretrial detention in Moscow, following her arrest on November 9, 2021, on charges of “establishing or leading an extremist association”.

Lilia Chanysheva is being prosecuted because of her role as former regional coordinator of “Navalny’s headquarters” in Ufa, where she essentially conducted peaceful social and political activities which cannot be considered as “extremism”.

Lilia Chanysheva has committed no internationally recognizable crime and is just another victim of the authorities’ crackdown on Aleksei Navalny’s associates and supporters. Her prosecution is unfounded and politically motivated and violates her rights to freedom of expression and association.

In the light of the above, I urge you to take all the necessary steps to ensure that Lilia Chanysheva is released immediately and that all charges against her are dropped.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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