Court denied appeals from environmental and human rights organizations to grant a parole to Evgeny Vitishko
On March 31, 2015, the Tambov court will decide whether to grant a parole to Evgeny Vitishko. Freeing Vitishko would stop lawlessness against environmental defender. Evgeny and his attorney filed an appeal on February 18.
Environmental and human rights organization “Bellona”, Environmental Watch on North Caucasus and WWF-Russia as well as Russian political party “Yabloko” filed appeals to grant Vitishko a parole However, the court denied appeals (from Bellona, WWF-Russia, “Yabloko”) based on a formal grounds. The court could, however, have added appeals to the record of the case.
Organizations will send letters characterizing Evgeny.
We kindly remind that more than 40 environmental and human rights organizations and advocates appealed to Russian Prosecutor-General last February to take all necessary measures to free Evgeny immediately and unconditionally. It was done within the Global Day of Solidarity with prisoner of conscience Evgeny Vitishko.