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.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 27 SEPTEMBER 2019
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
Online form in English: https://en.sledcom.ru/reception
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 email@example.com
Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.