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No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest Article 9, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

RUSSIA:

The Bolotnaya 3 Detainees


Video footage supports their claims. Police statements made against Vladimir Akimenkov and Artiom Savelov during the investigation differ from what was later said in court. Amnesty International believes that all three men are prisoners of conscience. Vladimir Akimenkov may be held only because of his prior political activism. The Bolotnaya Square protest was the first time Artiom Saviolov had ever gone to a demonstration. He is accused of breaking through the police line and shouting Down with the police state! something that he explained would not be possible because of his stutter. Mikhail Kosenko is accused of severely beating a police officer. He remains in custody even though another man has been convicted of the beating and even though the officer later said that he had never seen Mikhail Kosenko before.

Meet the Bolotnaya 3. We use that name for them because it was in Moscows Bolotnaya Square that Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko were detained during an authorized protest on 6 May 2012. Authorities soon released the Bolotnaya 3, but rearrested them in June 2012. They have been in custody ever since and their imprisonment has badly affected their health. Vladimir Akimenkov is losing his eyesight. Artiom Saviolovs speech impediment is reportedly getting worse in detention. Mikhail Kosenko is not receiving medication he needs regularly. The Bolotnaya 3 have been charged with participating in mass riots. Both Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko are also accused of using force against police officers. All three firmly deny the charges. They also deny acting violently or in a disorderly fashion.

Activate your pens and your keyboards! Please write a letter to the Prosecutor General.

Start with Dear Prosecutor General. Describe who you are and what concerns you about the continued detention of Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko and about the effects on their health. Ask the Prosecutor General to immediately and unconditionally release the three men. Please make a copy for: His Excellency Georgy Mamedov Ambassador for the Russian Federation 285 Charlotte Street Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8L5 Postage: $.63 Fax: (613) 236-6342 info@rusembassy.ca

Send your letter to: Yurii Yakovlevich Chaika Prosecutor Generals Office ul. B. Dmitrovka, d.15a 125993 Moscow GSP- 3 Russian Federation Postage: $1.85

What else can I do? Lift the spirits of Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko. Send each one a bright card or postcard. Create a short greeting in English. Or translate it into Russian either by asking a Russian speaker for help or using translate.google.com. Address your message to [Insert name of prisoner] Pre-trial detention facility SIZO-2 Butyrka ul. Novoslobodskaya, 45 Moscow 127055, Russian Federation

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