TAKE ACTION FOR BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2022
Immediately release Crimean journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko
Vladyslav Yesypenko is a freelance journalist working for Krym Realii, a Crimean branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Vladyslav was arrested on March 10, 2021 by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), on allegations of spying and carrying ammunition. On March 18, Yesypenko’s forced confession was televised on the Russian state-owned TV channel “Krym 24” in which he says he was shooting videos for Krym Realii and sending copies to the security services of Ukraine.
He was denied access to an independent lawyer for 27 days, until a remand court hearing where Vladyslav alleged that a grenade had been planted by his captors in his car and that he had been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment to extract his “confession” on video. Vladyslav was convicted on February 16, 2022 to 6 years in prison and fined RUB 110,000. Amnesty is calling for his immediate release.
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