The Solidarity Task Force of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum calls on all those who cares about the right to the fair and transparent court trial to take part in the campaign for publicity of the trials against the Karelian historian Yuri Dmitriev and the journalist from Pskov Svetlana Prokopyeva.
Samples of requests to broadcast court proceedings in these cases (in Russian) can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The samples were prepared by the Citizens’ Watch (Saint Petersburg), Forum member organisation.
In context of the epidemiological situation, access to the Russian courts is now extremely difficult, especially for the listeners from other regions. If they wish to attend a hearing, they must provide a certificate of COVID-19 absence issued no later than three days before entering the region where the hearing is taking place. Only in this case will the listener be allowed to the court. Given this requirement, as well as the restrictions on movement and quarantine still in force in some regions of the Russian Federation, most people will simply not be able to follow these court proceedings. Taking this into account, we urge you not to stand aside and to send your signed appeals for a live broadcast of the court proceedings.
For 3 years now, the respected historian from Petrozavodsk, Yuri Dmitriev, the head of the Karelian society “Memorial”, has been imprisoned. The history of his persecution and the details of this case demonstrate the artificial fabrication of the accusation and the innocence of the historian.  The next hearing within this court process will be held on 15-16 June 2020, and although the case is being heard in closed session, the verdict, according to the Russian legislation, must be announced publicly. Therefore, it is extremely important now that as many requests to organize the broadcast of the verdict as possible come to the Chairman of Petrozavodsk City Court. Completed applications in this case can be sent via the section “Citizens’ Applications” on the court website (in Russian) (https://ej.sudrf.ru/letters?fromOa=10RS0011) or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The case against Svetlana Prokopyeva is linked to her speech on the program of the local radio station “Ekho Moskvy“ in November 2018, when in a live broadcast the journalist expressed the opinion that the repressive state could become a factor of radicalization of young people in connection with the act of a 17-year-old boy, who detonated a bomb at the entrance of the Arkhangelsk FSB. On this basis, in July 2019, Prokopyeva was included in the Russian list of “terrorists and extremists. Prokopieva’s case will be heard from 16 June 2020 in an off-site session by Moscow judges, therefore an appeal must be made both to the chairman of the Moscow court and the chairman of the Pskov court. This is due to the fact that the publicity of this particular process is the responsibility of the judges, who are reviewing the process, and the logistics of the building and courtrooms where the physical court session is held are the responsibility of the president of that court. Therefore, it is important to send signed applications electronically to two addresses: the Pskov Regional Court (https://ej.sudrf.ru/letters?fromOa=60OS0000) and the Second West District Military Court (https://ej.sudrf.ru/letters?fromOa=77OV0000).
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.
Thank you for your solidarity, we are stronger together!