The Solidarity Task Force of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum is calling on you to participate in the campaign for publicity of the high-profile trial of activist Anastasia Shevchenko, which has begun today, 17 June 2020. You can help by sending a request to organize a broadcast of the court hearing on this case through the section “Citizens’ Appeals” of the Oktyabrsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don at https://ej.sudrf.ru/letters?fromOa=61RS0005. You can download a template of the appeal at the bottom of this page. The template was prepared by the Forum member organisation, Citizens’ Watch (Saint Peterburg).

Anastasia Shevchenko is an activist with the Open Russia movement and its board member from Rostov-on-Don. In January 2019, She was charged with participating in an undesirable organization and put under house arrest [1]. She is facing six years in prison. Shevchenko is a mother of two. Her third daughter died in hospital while Shevchenko was already under house arrest. The Human Rights Centre “Memorial” recognized her as a political prisoner [2].

The case has gained wide publicity and is being followed by people from different regions of Russia and the world, who would like to attend the trials. However, restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic make it extremely difficult for the listeners from other regions to be physically present in court, and visiting Russia from abroad is currently impossible. Therefore, the organisation of the live broadcast is an important condition for the publicity of this process, and we ask you to send this request to the responsible court in Rostov-on-Don.

Please note that anonymous appeals are not accepted. Your contact details, full name and address must be included. It is also advisable to print the application, sign, scan or photograph it and attach it, as a personal signature is highly desirable on such applications. If you don’t have this possibility right now, sending e-document would work too.

  ♦ Template for ensuring the transparency of the court hearing in the case of Anastasia Shevchenko

Thank you for your solidarity – we are stronger together!

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1. See https://ovdinfo.org/story/delo-anastasii-shevchenko in Russian
2. See https://memohrc.org/ru/news_old/memorial-priznal-aktivistku-otkrytoy-rossii-anastasiyu-shevchenko-politicheskoy in Russian