Dear Lt.-Col. Bobrovskiy,
I am writing to you concerning human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Yan Sidorov who is serving his sentence at IK-10. On 22 October, Dmitrovgrad Town Court will consider his parole application.
Yan Sidorov and his friend Vladislav Mordasov were arrested on 5 November 2017 for trying to organise a peaceful protest in support of dozens of Rostov-on-Don residents who had lost their houses in mass fires. They had committed no crime and were falsely charged with “organizing mass disturbances”. Nonetheless, following unfair trial, on 4 October 2019 Rostov-on-Don Regional Court found them guilty and sentenced them, respectively, to six years and seven months and six years and six months in strict regime penal colony.
As the head of the administration of the colony where Yan Sidorov is serving his sentence, you will be providing his character reference, and you have the authority to support his application for parole. This is an opportunity to begin to rectify the injustice done to this young person, and I urge you to do so by supporting Yan Sidorov’s application for parole.