In our previous post, we relayed the international call made by the Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages to put pressure on the Russian authorities to release Maxim Solopov and Alexei Gaskarov, who were arrested on July 29 for their alleged involvement in a demonstration outside the Khimki town administration building. Although there is no evidence that they were involved in this “unsanctioned” demonstration, they have been in police custody since then.
One way you can help them is to send letters to Russian law enforcement officials. At the following addresses, you will find sample letters addressed to the Russian prosecutor general, the prosecutor of the Moscow Region, and the Interior Minister.
In English, to the Prosecutor General (Yuri Chayka):
In English, to the Prosecutor of the Moscow Region (Alexander Mokhov):
In English, to the Interior Minister (Rashid Nurgaliyev):
In Russian, to the Prosecutor General:
In Russian, to the Prosecutor of the Moscow Region:
In Russian, to the Interior Minister:
The contents of the sample letters are identical. You should feel free to edit the letters before sending them and adding your own thoughts and arguments. This is particularly advisable in the case of the Interior Ministry, whose site claims that they do not give official replies to copies of electronic appeals sent previously.
You can send the letters via the Web:
Russian Prosecutor General’s Office:
You should press the left button under the text of the rules (Согласен) and the window for sending a letter will open.
Office of the Prosecutor for the Moscow Region:
The fax numbers are:
Prosecutor General’s Office: +7-495-9875656
(This is the phone number for the information service that works with people’s complaints.)
Prosecutor for the Moscow Region: +7-495-6236869
(This is the fax number of the public reception service, which also lists another number: +7-495-6216466. You can also try the phone for the service that works with public complaints: +7-495-6211646.)
Letters also can be sent by post to the following addresses:
Russian Federation Prosecutor General
ul. Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 15a
Office of the Prosecutor for the Moscow Region
Malyi Kiselnyi pereulok, 5
Russian Federation Ministry of the Interior
ul. Zhitnaya, 16