Appeals by Vitishko for sentence reduction and for parole to be heard shortly

posted 29 Oct 2015, 12:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Oct 2015, 12:57 ]
27 October 2015

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Environmental activist Evgeny Vitishko, currently an inmate at prison colony No. 2 in Tambov region, has made it known a date has been set for the hearing of his application for commutation of his sentence under Article 80 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Evgeny Vitishko has been named a political prisoner by the Memorial Human Rights Centre (Moscow), and Amnesty International is running an international campaign for his release.

As noted by Environmental Watch for North Caucasus, this information is backed up by details published on the website of the Kirsanovsky district court indicating that the hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in Chamber No. 5 on 10 November 2015.

The application filed by Sergei Loktev (Vitishko’s lawyer) for commutation of the unserved portion of Vitishko’s prison sentence to a more lenient form of punishment will be re-examined at the forthcoming hearing.

The original application was refused after being examined by the Kirsanovsky istrict Court on 31 July 2015.

On 8 October 2015, however, the Tambov Regional Court overturned this ruling and referred the case back to the Kirsanovsky district court to be re-examined.

A hearing will also shortly be scheduled at the Kirsanovsky district court to hear Vitishko’s application for parole under Article 79 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, filed on 15 October 2015.

Fact sheet published by the Memorial Human Rights Centre (Moscow) on the Vitishko case

Translated by Joanne Reynolds