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Russian Federation: Further information: Russia must ensure fair trial for activist: Yulia Privedennaia (f)

, Index number: EUR 46/004/2010

Yulia Privedennaia, a Russian civil society activist, was released from Moscow's Serbskii psychiatric institute on 11 March after experts from the Institute held a formal meeting to assess her mental state. Amnesty International is concerned that she may not receive a fair trial.

Further information on UA: 43/10 Index: EUR 46/004/2010 Russia Date: 23 March 2010
URGENT ACTION
RUSSIA MUST ENSURE FAIR TRIAL FOR ACTIVIST
Yulia Privedennaia, a Russian civil society activist, was released from Moscow's Serbskii
psychiatric institute on 11 March after experts from the Institute held a formal meeting to assess
her mental state. Amnesty International is concerned that she may not receive a fair trial.
Yulia Privedennaia had spent 21 days in the Moscow Serbskii Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry. She had
been hospitalized on 19 February following an order by the Moscow Regional Court for her mental health to be
assessed in this psychiatric hospital. The court order was based on the recommendation of a state-appointed
experts’ committee, tasked with assessing her mental health, which had not come to a conclusion about whether
Yulia Privedennaia was mentally ill, but stated it was not possible to assess her mental health during an out-patient
examination. The court had subsequently ordered Yulia Privedennaia to undergo four weeks as an in-patient in
Moscow Serbskii Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry and was upheld by the Russian Supreme Court in
January 2010.
While in hospital, Yulia Privedennaia was under constant observation. According to her friends, she was not allowed
to make telephone calls and was allowed to receive visitors only once a week.
An independent psychiatrist’s review of the committee’s written findings for Amnesty International appraised a
compulsory period of in-patient examination as “disproportionate” and referred to the lack of any suspicion that
Yulia Privedennaia had a serious disorder or any ’dangerousness’ in relation to her psychiatric state, Amnesty
International believes that her forced hospitalization amounted to arbitrary detention.
Yulia Privedennaia is on trial before the Moscow Regional Court, alleged of taking part in beatings of teenage
members of the organization FAKEL-PORTOS (Formation of Altruistic Candidates for the Evolution of People -
Poeticized Association for the Elaboration of a Theory of All-People’s Happiness), which she is a member of, back in
2000. Yulia Privedennaia, although not in hiding, was not arrested until May 2008 after she participated in
demonstrations for freedom of expression, against police violence and in support of the political opposition.
According to her lawyer, her arrest and detention in May 2008 as well as the previous trial were subject to several
procedural violations.
In the next few weeks, the Moscow Regional Court will use the psychiatric institute's report to decide how to proceed
with Yulia Privedennaia’s trial.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Russian, English or your own language:
Expressing concern that Yulia Privedennaia’s forced hospitalization amounted to arbitrary detention;
Calling on the authorities to ensure that Yulia Privedennaia's trial conforms to international fair trial standards.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 4 MAY 2010 TO:
Prosecutor of Moscow Region
Aleksandr M. Mokhov
Malyi Kiselnyi per., 5
Moscow GSP-6
107996 Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 623 68 69
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor
Prosecutor General of the Russian
Federation
Yurii Ya. Chaika
Ul.Bolshaia Dmitrovka, 15a
Moscow GSP-3
125993 Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 692 17 25
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
And copies to:
Ombudsperson of the Russian
Federation: Vladimir P.Lukin,
Ul.Miasnitskaia, 47, Moscow,
107048 Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 607 74 70
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date. This is the first update of UA 43/10 (EUR 46/003/2010). Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/EUR46/003/2010/en
Date: 23 March 2010
URGENT ACTION
RUSSIA MUST ENSURE FAIR TRIAL FOR ACTIVIST
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
In 2000, four leaders of FAKEL-PORTOS (Formation of Altruistic Candidates for the Evolution of People - Poeticized
Association for the Elaboration of a Theory of All-People’s Happiness) were arrested. They were charged with
"organization of or participation in an illegal armed group", "organization of a group activity which involves violence
or incitement to unlawful actions", "unlawful deprivation of liberty by an organized group" and "causing physical or
moral suffering to another by beating or other methods". Two of the four members were forcibly detained in a
psychiatric hospital and two were imprisoned, even though all alleged victims of the crimes are reported to have
withdrawn their statements in the court room, saying that they had been pressured into making them by the police.
Yulia Privedennaia is on trial for allegedly taking part in beating some teenage members of FAKEL-PORTOS, being
involved in forcibly holding the teenagers at the premises where FAKEL- PORTOS was based, and creating an illegal
armed group to forcibly maintain order in the organization. Yulia Privedennaia denies all charges.
She has been on a police list of wanted suspects since 2000 when the criminal case against the group's leaders was
opened. Although she was never in hiding and was an active member of the organization, she was only arrested in
May 2008 after she had started to participate in demonstrations for freedom of expression, against police violence
and in support of the political opposition. She was released from pre-trial detention after 70 days. Initially no
restraint measure was imposed on her after release. However, later the court made her sign a written undertaking
from her not to leave her place of residence.
Further information on UA: 43/10 Index: EUR 46/004/2010 Issue Date: 23 March 2010

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