Urgent Action: Human rights defender under house arrest
On 23 January, Anastasia Shevchenko, an Open Russia human rights defender from Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, was put under house arrest and may face up to six years in prison if convicted. This is the first time the Russian authorities have opened a criminal case under the repressive “undesirable organizations” law. It is a worrying precedent and could open the floodgates to the prosecution of hundreds of Open Russia members across the country. Anastasia Shevchenko is a prisoner of conscience. She must be immediately and unconditionally released.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 7 MARCH 2019
Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Russian to:
Head of the Investigation Department for Rostov Oblast
Aslan Garunovich Huade
13/2, Beregovaya Street
Fax: +7 (863) 227 0193
Online contact form: www.rostov.sledcom.ru/references
Instagram and Facebook: suskrnd
Salutation: Dear Head of the Investigation Department
And copies to:
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Yuriy Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General’s Office
125993 Moscow GSP-3
ul. B. Dmitrovka 15a
Fax: +7 495 987 58 41 / +7 495 692 17 25
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
HIS EXCELLENCY MR ALEXANDER VLADIMIROVICH YAKOVENKO Embassy of Russia 6-7 Kensington Palace Gardens London W8 4QP 020 7229 6412
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.