Russia: Three face jail for peaceful protest: Yan Sidorov, Vladislav Mordasov and Viacheslav Shashmin
The trial against three young men from Rostov-on-Don, in south-west Russia, Yan Sidorov, Vladislav Mordasov and Viacheslav Shashmin, is expected to start in May. They are being prosecuted for trying to organise a peaceful protest in November 2017 in support of dozens of Rostov residents who had lost their houses in mass fires. They could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail if convicted. Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov have been in pre-trial detention and Viacheslav Shashmin under house arrest since November 2017. They are prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.