Free Bogdan Ziza!
The artist is facing up to 5 years in prison for destruction of property
Bogdan Ziza is an artist from Yevpatoria (the Republic of Crimea). He is facing up to 5 years in prison for his alleged involvement in an attempt to set fire to the City Administration building.

About the criminal case
What is Bogdan charged with?
On the night of May 16, 2022 unidentified individuals threw yellow-and-blue paint onto the Yevpatoria City Administration building. News media also reported that a Molotov cocktail had been tossed into the Mayor’s office. On the same day the law enforcement announced that they had detained a suspect, while a state-owned channel published a video of “the vandal expressing remorse”. The “vandal” turned out to be the 27-year-old photographer and 3D modeling artist Bogdan Ziza.

According to the Mayor’s office, Bogdan threw the paint onto the City Administration building and tried to set fire to the entrance door. In contrast, the Federal Security Service claims that the artist tossed a Molotov cocktail through the window, but it didn’t explode. First, the artist was fined and promised to be released, but then incendiary mixtures were allegedly found at his place. A few days later a criminal case was launched against Bogdan for “destruction of property” (article 167, part 1 of the RF Criminal Code).

Right after he was detained Bogdan was sent to the Yevpatoria detention center and then transported to Simferopol. Later Mr. Ziza was put on the terrorists and extremists list. The artist’s family is concerned that in the future he might face criminal charges for terrorism.
While the artist is in custody, he has a state-appointed lawyer. The law enforcement officials do not let independent attorneys to see the artist. Bogdan’s relatives believe that only independent human rights lawyers would be able to ensure his fair trial.
How can I help?
Write a letter to Bogdan
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 Crimea and the City of Sevastopol”, Lenin Avenue, 4

FKU SIZO-1 UFSIN Rossii po Respublike Krym i g. Sevastopolyu
Bulv. Lenina, bldg. 4, Simferopol, the Republic of Crimea, 295006

to Ziza, Bogdan Sergeevich, born 1994
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