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Yury Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Prosecutor General’s Office
ul. B.Dmitrovka, d.15a
125993 Moscow GSP- 3
Fax: +7495 987 58 41/ +7495 692 17 25
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]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
Dear Prosecutor General,
I am writing concerning the sentencing on 4 October of Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov to over six years in strict regime penal colony on fabricated charges of “attempted organization of mass disturbances” (Article 30(3), Article 212(1) of the Russian Criminal Code) and of Viacheslav Shashmin to a three-year suspended sentence on similarly unfounded charges of “attempted participation in mass disturbances” (Article 30 (3), Article 212 (2) of the Russian Criminal Code). Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov are prisoners of conscience, prosecuted solely for their attempt to exercise their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
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 flats some distance away. He maintains that he did not take part in the picket. Both Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov have complained of torture and other ill-treatment by police to extract their “confessions”.
I urge you to take steps to have the conviction of Yan Sidorov, Vladislav Mordasov and Viacheslav Shashmin overturned and to ensure an immediate and unconditional release of Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov; and 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.