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Urgent Action: Stop the prosecution of peaceful protesters

In July and August, following the disqualification of opposition candidates from local elections in Moscow, tens of thousands of people participated in largely peaceful protests. Participants chanted slogans, held placards and briefly interrupted traffic on several streets. The protests remained peaceful until the authorities responded by attacking the crowds, arbitrarily beating and arresting people. The authorities brought unfounded charges against more than a dozen individuals, mostly youth, that carry lengthy prison sentences. All peaceful protesters must be urgently released, and charges against them must be dropped.

Take action.



Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter in English or Russian to:

Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin
Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation
Tekhnichesky per. 2
105005 Moscow
Russian Federation
Twitter: @sledcom_rf
Online form in English:
Salutation: Dear Chairman of the Investigative Committee

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY DR ALEXANDER V YAKOVENKO Embassy of the Russian Federation 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP 0207 229 6412 Fax: 0207 727 8625

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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