Thus, Russia has another political hostage, whom it can use to put pressure on Ukraine. Given that the Russian judicial system is completely under the control of the authorities, there is no prospect for a fair trial of the journalist — he is not even allowed to have independent lawyers.

The only way to achieve justice for V. Esipenko is to make the blatant facts of human rights violations in Crimea public. That is the purpose for people from different states throughout the world (Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova) to protest on April 10 near the Russian diplomatic missions against lawlessness on the illegally occupied peninsula.

In this situation, even a single picketing is of great importance, as it is critical to draw attention of the wide international community to the current Crimean events by all means. It is required to force the Russian diplomats to answer awkward questions related to numerous and egregious cases of human rights violations: repression, illegal detentions and torture, illegal sentencing of public activists. Wide public response will attract the attention of politicians and international organizations and thus increase international pressure on the Russian authorities.

Let’s bear in mind that thanking to broad international support, once it became possible to release Crimean Oleg Sentsov from Russian captivity. The life of a journalist Vladislav Esipenko depends on all of us and on each of us individually.

Thus, Russia has another political hostage, whom it can use to put pressure on Ukraine. Given that the Russian judicial system is completely under the control of the authorities, there is no prospect for a fair trial of the journalist — he is not even allowed to have independent lawyers.

The only way to achieve justice for V. Esipenko is to make the blatant facts of human rights violations in Crimea public. That is the purpose for people from different states throughout the world (Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova) to protest on April 10 near the Russian diplomatic missions against lawlessness on the illegally occupied peninsula.

In this situation, even a single picketing is of great importance, as it is critical to draw attention of the wide international community to the current Crimean events by all means. It is required to force the Russian diplomats to answer awkward questions related to numerous and egregious cases of human rights violations: repression, illegal detentions and torture, illegal sentencing of public activists. Wide public response will attract the attention of politicians and international organizations and thus increase international pressure on the Russian authorities.

Let’s bear in mind that thanking to broad international support, once it became possible to release Crimean Oleg Sentsov from Russian captivity. The life of a journalist Vladislav Esipenko depends on all of us and on each of us individually.

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