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Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Centre in Moscow
I am writing to you as a member of Amnesty International. I have sent copies of this email to: President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Vladimir Ustinov, General Procuracy of the Russian Federation.
Yuri Samodurov, Ludmila Vasilovskaia and Anna Mikhalchuk may be imprisoned for their role in organizing an art exhibition that used religious symbols, at the Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Centre in Moscow in January 2003. If imprisoned, Amnesty International would consider them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
• I am concerned that Anna Mikhalchuk, Yuri Samodurov and Ludmila Vasilovskaia are being prosecuted under criminal law for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, in violation of international standards and the Russian constitution;
• I call on the authorities to ensure that Anna Mikhalchuk, Yuri Samodurov and Ludmila Vasilovskaia are not imprisoned for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression;
• I would like to state that Amnesty International would consider them to be prisoners of conscience if they receive prison sentences and would call for their immediate release;
• I call on the Russian authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression of everyone in the Russian Federation.
In the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I urge you to contact your government representatives.
With Warm Regards,
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23 March 2005