Solidarity for Russian activist Dmitry Skurikhin

A week into its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russia introduced war censorship laws to make protest against the invasion a grave offence. Dmitry Skurikhin painted the front of his village shop in north-west Russia with anti-war messages and continued to protest after being fined. In August 2023 he was sentenced to 18 months in a penal colony. He needs your support.

What’s the problem?

Dmitry Skurikhin is a shopkeeper, activist, and father of five from north-west Russia. He has been openly expressing his anti-war views since Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014.

He hung the first banner outside his shop after the Russian invasion of Crimea. Since then, he has placed over 200 messages criticizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine, describing the full-scale invasion as “insane, false, vile, fratricidal” and “shameful”. He has bravely shared his views via his Telegram channel and through the media.

I believe that life will confirm I am on the right side.

Dmitry Skurikhin

After being fined for “discrediting” the Russian Armed Forces, in August 2023 he was sentenced to eighteen months in a penal colony.

In June 2023, unknown people painted over Dmitry’s shopfront, destroying his messages. Locals and customers in Skurikhin’s shops quietly describe him as “the bravest man in the Leningrad region.”

People across Russia like Dmitry are serving prison sentences for peaceful anti-war dissent. Russia must repeal these restrictive laws and immediately release all those imprisoned for raising their voices against the war of aggression.

What you can do to help

Send a message of support to Dmitry Skurikhin now to show him he is not alone. Together we are more powerful.