Evgeny Vitishko

"Yevgeny Vitishko is a prisoner of conscience, punished for exposing environmental damage around the construction of the Sochi Winter Olympics. He has been charged with a string of petty crimes in recent years - from allegedly damaging a fence, to swearing at a bus stop - as local authorities attempt to restrict his movements and clamp down on dissenting views. In February 2014, he was sentenced to three years in prison for apparently damaging a fence. The charges, his conviction and Yevgeny's trial and appeal are all suspect - designed to punish him for speaking out. On 19 March 2014, Environmental Watch for North Caucasus were informed that Yevgeny had been transferred to penal colony N2 in the Tambov region. A member of the local prison monitoring commission reported that Yevgeny is in quarantine. There is no additional information yet about how he is and whether he has any health problems." 

- Amnesty International, 'Yevgeny Vitishko sent to a penal colony', 24 March 2014

Amnesty International invites you to show Yevgeny and the prison authorities that he is still in our thoughts by sending him a card or letter of solidarity. Please send bright, cheerful cards and, if possible, Google-translate your message or use one of the sample messages below - messages in foreign languages often don’t pass the censors. 

Sample messages in Russian:
"ДОРОГОЙ ЕВГЕНИЙ! МЫ ДУМАЕМ О ВАС И БОРЕМСЯ ЗА ВАШЕ ОСВОБОЖДЕНИЕ"
("Dear Yevgeniy, we are thinking about you and fighting for your release.")

"ДОРОГОЙ ЕВГЕНИЙ! МЫ С ВАМИ В ЭТО ТРУДНОЕ ВРЕМЯ"
("Dear Yevgeniy, we are with you in this difficult time.")

"ДОРОГОЙ ЕВГЕНИЙ! МЫ ВАС ПОДДЕРЖИВАЕМ И ЖЕЛАЕМ СКОРЕЙШЕГО ОСВОБОЖДЕНИЯ."
(Dear Yevgeniy, we support you and wish you to be released very soon.")

The address to send your messages to:
Penal colony N2 of the UFSIN for Tambov oblast,
p.Sadovyi, ul Zelenaia, 11,
Kirsanovskii raion, Tambov oblast
393355

For more information about Evgeny Vitishko, see Amnesty International, 'Yevgeny Vitishko sent to a penal colony', 24 March 2014