Dec 22

Environmentalists and Russian authorities establish a physical presence of the illegal fence

“Bellona, other environmental groups and the Krasnodar Region’s Ministry of Natural Resources established the physical existence of the construction fence Russian geologist Yevgeny Vitishko, an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience, is serving a three-year prison sentence for defacing.”

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Dec 17

“Thank you for courage to support me,” – Vitishko

Evgeny received all postcards sent through a beautiful campaign action with all of the wishes and words of support. He thanks everyone for supporting him. Thank you supporters, Amnesty and Greenpeace!

Dec 17

New actions by Prosecutor’s office

Prosecutor’s office (Krasnodar branch) sent a draft to the Office of the Prosecutor General of the appeal on the decision to transfer Vitishko to a settlement colony.

Oct 29

Goldman Environmental Prize winner Ignace Schops asks to release Evgeny immediately

Environmental defender from Belgium, as recipient of a honorable Goldman Environmental Prize, Ignace Schops, asks to release Evgeny Vitishko immediately in his video statement 

Oct 23

Greetings from Evgeny

Audio greetings from Evgeny!

“Thank you everyone. I am very pleased by all of the attention to my personality. I am not sure if I deserve it but I will do my best to justify your hopes and we will win.”

Oct 22

Environmental Watch activists visit Evgeny

Evgeny’s spirit is so strong and nothing will break it! Watch a short video of him

Oct 22

A beautiful action of support

Amnesty and Greenpeace organized a beautiful action in support of Evgeny Vitishko. Check it out by searching #FreeVitishko on Facebook, Istagram and Twitter. So many friends of Vitishko!

Oct 12

Evgeny Vitishko is being transferred to a stricter colony

On October, 8,  EWNC became aware of the reason why convicted environmentalist Evgeny Vitishko has not been communicating from his colony in Tambov region.

As we had feared, it turns out that the penal authorities are preparing to transfer him to a stricter colony.

Both prosecutors and defense last month asked the court to free Evgeny and return him to the terms of a suspended sentence that he has been serving at home for allegedly writing slogans on the illegal fence of Krasnodar region governor Alexander Tkachev before getting arrested in February. However the judge ruled to keep Evgeny in prison.

Now prison monitors in Tambov region notified EWNC that the regional penal authorities have officially begun the procedure to transfer Evgeny from colony 2 to a different colony with much stricter rules. They have placed him in quarantine quarters before the transfer, keeping him away from communication with his friends, lawyers, and other convicts.

Evgeny has fought for the rights of convicts in his colony, writing complaints about violations in the colony conditions and protesting a mass beating that occurred earlier this year. As a result, colony authorities piled up invented complaints against Evgeny such as failing to say hello to them or keeping his food in an improper place.

His transfer is the colony’s revenge for Evgeny’s activism, which is being orchestrated without even notifying his lawyers. He could be sent anywhere in Russia.


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 or call us at +7 (928)2924453

Sep 20

New Greenpeace video in support of Evgeny Vitishko

Greenpeace remembers the Arctic 30 case and reminds of all the activists, persecuted for their peaceful engagement. (view full post)

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