UPDATE 28/09/18: This action is now closed – thank you to everyone who took action. We will hand them over to the authorities in Ukraine.
Stanislav had been working under a pseudonym to report on daily life in the self-styled “Donetsk People’s Republic”, a territory in eastern Ukraine that was annexed by pro-Russian forces in 2014.
Now, the de facto authorities have locked him up on trumped-up charges of “espionage”.
Human rights abuses in the “republic” are rife: people are locked-up, disappeared and tortured carte-blanche by local security forces, and the courts don’t meet international law standards.
He is being held in a makeshift prison with no access to the outside world and no legal representation. What’s more, we know that other prisoners have been tortured to force false confessions.