08/08/2019

Urgent Action Update: Release Youth Prisoners of Conscience (Russian Federation: UA 48.19)


The trial of Yan Sidorov, Vladislav Mordasov and Viacheslav Shashmin is ongoing at the Rostov-on-Don regional court, in southwestern Russia. They are being prosecuted 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 earlier that year. At the trial, Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov reaffirmed that they had been tortured to extract “confessions,” but the court disregarded the statements. The three men are prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally and their allegations of torture and other ill-treatment must be effectively investigated.

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Yuriy Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Prosecutor General’s Office
ul. B.Dmitrovka, d.15a
125993 Moscow GSP- 3
Russian Federation
Fax: +7495 987 58 41/ +7495 692 17 25
Twitter: @Genproc
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
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Prosecutor General,

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the unfounded criminal prosecution of Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov on charges of attempted organization of mass disturbances (Article 30(3), Article 212(1) of the Russian Criminal Code) and Viacheslav Shashmin on charges of attempted participation in mass disturbances (Article 30 (3), Article 212 (2) of the Russian Criminal Code). Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov were arrested on 5 November 2017 when they were preparing to hold a picket in front of the Rostov regional government building in support of dozens of Rostov citizens who had lost their houses in mass fires in July-August 2017. Viacheslav Shashmin was arrested outside a block of apartments some distance away. He maintains that he did not take part in the picket. Since November 2017 Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov have been remanded in detention and Viacheslav Shashmin held under house arrest. On 29 May, their trial started in Rostov-on-Don Regional court.

Both Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov have complained of torture and other ill-treatment by police to extract their “confessions.” Their allegations have been ignored, in violation of their rights and of fair trial principles.

I urge you to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Yan Sidorov, Vladislav Mordasov and Viacheslav Shashmin, and take all necessary steps to end their criminal prosecution, as they are prisoners of conscience detained and prosecuted solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression; ensure that Yan Sidorov’s and Vladislav Mordasov’s allegations of torture and other ill-treatment are promptly, effectively and impartially investigated, and anyone found responsible is brought to justice in fair trial proceedings.

Yours sincerely,

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