The Bolotnaya Three
The Bolotnaya Three
Prisoners of conscience
Join Amnesty as we push for the fair trail of three detainees from Bolotnaya Square on May 2012. Video footage caught on the day of the demonstrations show the men as non-violent yet despite supporting evidence they are being held against their will as prisoners of conscience. Lack of adequate medical aid and resources mean that all three of men will be pushed to their limits not only mentally but physically. Help Amnesty as we campaign for a fair trial to be held without further delay.
Activate your pens and your keyboards!
Please write a letter to the Prosecutor General of the Russia Federation
Follow this guide to write your letter
- 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
Send your letter to
Moscow, GSP- 3, 125993
Please make a copy for
Ottawa, ON, K1N 8L5
Meet the Bolotnaya Three. We use that name for them because it was in Moscow’s 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 Three, 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 Saviolov’s speech impediment is reportedly getting worse in detention. Mikhail Kosenko is not receiving medication he needs regularly.
The Bolotnaya Three 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. 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
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 http://translate.google.com
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