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.

Take action.




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
Rostov-on-Don, 344082
Russian Federation 
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 
Russian Federation 
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.


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