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Feb 18

February 18 – day of solidarity for activist Evgeny Vitishko

February 18, 2015 is a day of solidarity actions to commemorate the one year imprisonment of eco-activist Evgeny Vitishko. Evgeny Vitishko is serving three years in a penal colony settlement in Tambov region. In 2012, he was conditionally sentenced to three years for “damaging” an illegally installed fence belonging to the governor of Krasnodar province, Alexander Tkachev.  This conditional sentence was changed to actual imprisonment in December, 2013 by the Tuapse city court.  On February 12, 2014 the court decision came into effect and on February 18, 2014 – at the height of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – Vitishko was sent to the penal colony settlement.  Soon thereafter Vitishko was recognized as a political prisoner by the famous Russian Human Rights Center “Memorial” and as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.