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Call on Russia to free environmental activist Vyacheslav Egorov
Vyacheslav Egorov is a prominent environmental activist from the town of Kolomna, Russia. In 2018 he led several peaceful protests against a landfill project he argued was damaging the environment. As a result he was unjustly charged and put under house arrest in 2019.
He was released six months later, but the charges were not dropped. On 14 October 2021, Vyacheslav Egorov was sentenced to one year and three months imprisonment and detained. He must be freed immediately.
Vyacheslav led mass peaceful protests in his hometown of Kolomna against a landfill project that he and other environmental activists believed would be disruptive for the environment. On 31 January 2019, Vyacheslav was charged with Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code, the notorious “Dadin’s article” that criminalizes “repeated violation of regulations of public assemblies”. “Dadin’s article” was introduced in 2014 as part of the Russian government’s measures to curtail freedom of assembly and contravenes Russia’s human rights obligations.
His appeal hearing will happen soon and this is a crucial moment to take action and call for the charges against Vyascheslav to be dropped, and for him to be released.
In a period when the world is working together to find solutions for the global climate crisis, we must stand with environmental activists.