Dear Prosecutor General,
I am writing to urge you to seek an immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Konstantin Kotov. He has been convicted and imprisoned under article 212.1 of the Criminal Code in connection with his participation in several peaceful protests in 2018 and 2019 in Moscow.
Konstantin Kotov has not committed any internationally recognised criminal offence and has not engaged in or incited any violent acts. By taking part in peaceful street protests, he was simply exercising his right to freedom of peaceful assembly, a right guaranteed to him under international human rights law and by the Russian Constitution.
I urge you to consider Russia’s commitment to respect and protect the human right to freedom of assembly under a number of international treaties to which it is a state party, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Therefore, I call on you to take all necessary steps to ensure that Konstantin Kotov’s case is immediately reviewed with a view to quashing his conviction, clearing his criminal record and awarding him adequate reparation for the human rights violations he has suffered.