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Archive, Political prisoners

Translated by: Svitlana Skob
Edited by: Alya Shandra

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4 Ukrainians were illegally detained in the Crimea this year and imprisoned in Russia under false accusations of terrorist acts: Oleh Sentsov, a filmmaker, Oleksandr Kolchenko, a public activist, Hennadiy Afanasiev, a lawyer, and Oleksiy Chirniya, a historian.

Please write immediately in Russian, English or your own language to the Prosecutor General and the Head of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation:

Dear Mr. Chaika, [Prosecutor General] // Mr. Bortnikov, [Head of the Federal Security Service]

This is to bring your attention to the case of Ukrainian citizens Oleh Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Gennadii Afanasiev and Alexei Chirniya, detained in Simferopol and then taken to Moscow, where they are presently held in Lefortovo prison. We urge you to conduct an effective and independent investigation of Oleh Sentsov’s claims that he had been subjected to torture.

We insist that any foreigners detained on the territory of the Russian Federation have the right to consular protection and demand that these Ukrainian citizens be allowed to meet the Ukrainian consul.

We urge you to dismiss any charges against these people resulting from their exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

We herewith request you to ensure Oleh Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko can without hindrance promptly consult their lawyers at all stages of the trial in accordance with international standards.

With best regards,

Date: 10 December 2014

Prosecutor General: +7 495 987 58 41; +7 495 692 17 25
Head of the Federal Security Service: +7 495 914 26 32

Postal Addresses:
(1) Prosecutor General
Yurii Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General’s Office
ul. B. Dmitrovka, d.15a
125993 Moscow GSP- 3
Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 987 58 41
+7 495 692 17 25
Salutation: Dear Yurii Yakovlevichl

(2) Head of the Federal Security Service
Aleksandr Vasilievich Bortnikov
Federal Security Service
ul. Bolshaia Lubianka, d.1/3
107031 Moscow
Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 914 26 32
Salutation: Dear Aleksandr Vasilievich

If you speak Ukrainian or Russian you can quickly send an appeal online: or use this Russian language sample letter

Thank you for your support!!!

Translated by: Svitlana Skob
Edited by: Alya Shandra
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