Statement by the YABLOKO party,
Earlier today the Krasnodar Regional Court has dismissed the
complaint submitted by lawyers of environmental activist Evgeny
Vitishko. This means that the verdict of the court of a lower
instance in coming into force. This verdict envisages a three-year
imprisonment term for Vitishko due to his criticism of Governor of
the Krasnodar Territory. Earlier Vitishko had been sentenced to
three years of probation for making inscriptions on the fence
unlawfully erected in the nature reserve. Now probation has been
replaced by a real imprisonment term.
[The court of a higher instance has] has blatantly neglected the
order of the Supreme Court to conduct a new examination of this
The YABLOKO party is outraged by the cruel sentence against civil
activist. A sentence to Evgeny Vitishko represents another episode
in the ongoing wave of reprisals against civil society activists and
all the dissenting with the policies of the Governor of the
Krasnodar Territory. [Governor] Alexander Tkachyov has been settling
accounts with his opponents, and this looks especially cynical
against the background of the Olympics.
Making such monstrous sentences the authorities do all so that
the present Olympics would be compared with the Olympics in 1936.
YABLOKO is urging the federal authorities to pay attention to the
lawlessness and arbitrary rule taking place in the Krasnodar region,
that cause irreparable reputational damage to the [Sochi] Olympics.
We demand that Public Prosecutor General must appeal against
Evgeny Vitishko must be released!