Free Altan Ochirov!
The blogger is currently in the detention center
Altan Ochirov is a blogger and an employee of the City Administration of Elista (the Republic of Kalmykia). He is facing up to 10 years in prison for “disseminating false information about the Russian Army”.
About the criminal case
What is Altan charged with?
On the morning of April 12, 2022, Federal Security Service officials detained Mr. Ochirov at his work place. People wearing masks broke into the office, several of them beat up Altan in front of the investigator and took him in for questioning. Altan was charged with “dissemination of false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation motivated by hatred and using official powers” (article 207.3, part 2, sub-paragraphs a, b, d).

The investigators claim that Altan had created the “Volnyj Ulus” channel in March 2022. Using his work computer, he allegedly published “inaccurate information about the Russian Army”. In reality, however, the “Ulus” channel has existed for a number of years. Altan was in charge of the opposition channel until early 2022; since March 2022 the channel has been managed by a different person, who does not live in Russia. Despite that the court refuses to conduct a technical examination in order to identify the precise device that was used to publish the posts.
Local human rights activists tried to bring charges against the law enforcement officers for the brutal detention, but the Investigative Committee did not see anything unlawful in their actions. In addition to the FSS and the IC, the Ministry of Internal Affairs also got mixed up in persecuting Altan. In a character reference by the local police inspector, Altan is referred to as “secretive” and “inclined to lying”, and allegedly having a criminal record for “fraud” (his lawyer has denied these allegations).

Since April 12, 2022 Mr. Ochirov has remained in the detention center, where he is awaiting the court’s decision. On the outside Altan has left an elderly mother and two under-aged children.

“Memorial”* has recognized Mr. Ochirov as a political prisoner.
How can I help?
Support Altan’s family
Donations will be spent on putting together parcels.

Sberbank card

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Ochirov Roman Batayevich

Write Altan a letter
Sending a letter using the “Zonatelekom” service:

Mailing address for Federal government facility "Pre-trial Detention Center 1 of the Federal Correctional Service Administration of Russia for the Republic of Kalmykia"

Zhiloy kvartal “Severnyi”, bldg. 9, Elista, the Republic of Kalmykia, 358007

to Ochirov, Altan Sankhimovich, born 1981
Publications on Altan’s case
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