UPDATE 28/09/18: We have closed this action to send the signatures to President Putin along with those collected by other Amnesty offices during the World Cup. Thank you to those who took action!
UPDATE 08/08/18: On August 8 Oyub Titiev went to trial. If found guilty, Oyub faces up to 10 years in jail. Watch Amnesty’s Senior Director for Research Anna Neistat report from outside his trial. Please keep taking action at this critical time.
To be a human rights defender in Russia remains a very dangerous profession. Brave people are routinely prosecuted under fabricated criminal charges, vilified by the media and officials, attacked, and even murdered.
Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights defender In the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, is facing 10 years in prison based on fabricated charges of possessing illegal drugs.
Igor Nagavkin, a prominent human rights defender from the Volgograd Region in the south-west of Russia, is awaiting trial on fabricated charges of theft.
Andrey Rudomakha, an environmental activist, was brutally beaten up after inspecting an illegal construction site believed to be linked to high-level officials. Despite clear and available evidence, the investigation has stalled.
Now is the time, while all eyes are on Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to shine a light on this injustice.