Sep 21


On September 24, 2014, the Krasnodar court will hear Vitishko’s case,
activists from Russia and abroad ask for immoderate release of environmental defender,
who was sentenced to three years in a penal colony for “damaging the fence”
belonging to governor of Krasnodar krai

By Environmental Watch on North Caucasus


The week of civil actions in support of Evgeny Vitishko started on September 17. The first civil action was performed by Sofia Rusova, a member of EWNC and a member of the “Yabloko” party, in front of Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia.

The week of civil actions is connected to court hearings, which will take place on September 24, 2014 in Krasnodar court. The court will decide whether a real prisonment should be cancelled.
These court hearings are central in the Vitishko’s case after the court’s denial in February to hear the appeal on the decision which changed conditional sentence to real imprisonment. After that denial, Vitishko was sent to a penal colony.

There is a chance that Evgeny will be free on Wednesday. However, authorities of Krasnodar krai have power over the court and are putting obstacles in a way of freeing Vitishko. If this time the appeal by Prosecutor to cancel real imprisonment will not be upheld by the court, there is no other effective legal remedy to free Vitishko.
Civil actions in Russia and abroad are meant to draw attention to the case of Evgeny Viishko, environmental defender sentenced to colony in a kangaroo trial for protecting the environment.
Environmental Watch on North Caucasus is calling upon everyone, who cares about Vitishko and other Russian activists, to take part in a week of civil actions to show support to Vitishko. Please notify us about your civil actions via email envwnc@gmail.com or call us at +7 (928)2924453