Free Vladislav Nikitenko!

Civil activist is in the detention center
Vladislav Nikitenko is a human rights defender and a civil activist from Blagoveshchensk. Now he is facing a sentence of imprisonment for up to 3 years. For his critical posts in social networks about the “special military operation” he is accused of “defamation of the Russian Military Forces”.
about the criminal case
What is Vladislav charged with?
On May, 6 the Blagoveshchensk State Court decided to arrest the human rights defender Vladislav Nikitenko for 15 days due to the “demonstration of nazi symbols”. The decision was grounded by the video Vladislav published in 2016. The investigators examined it and found nazi symbols, which was no surprise since it demonstrated archive footage of trials of the Third Reich. Meanwhile the investigators have already examined that video in 2017 and found no evidence of criminal offence in it.

While Vladislav was being under arrest, he was also accused of “defamation of the Russian Military Forces” due to his anti-war posts in social networks. Since he was fined for the same offence before, the second accusation meant a criminal prosecution for him. So as soon as he was released from the temporary detention center, he was immediately put under home arrest.
Vladislav is a civil activist and a self-taught lawyer. He is famous for his straightforward statements and confrontations with local authorities. From 2016 to 2020 he was imprisoned for the fight with the policeman who detained Vladislav for the insult of the Krasnodar prosecutor. Vladislav assures that there was no fight and the whole case was politically motivated.

The civil activist perceived the beginning of the “special military operation” painfully. On February, 24 he filed an application for criminal prosecution against the Security Council of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin himself. In March he submitted a similar application against the governor of Amur oblast. This application lead to his first administrative fine for the “defamation of the Russian Military Forces” (art. 20.3.3 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences).

Mr. Nikitenko had no opportunity to challenge that accusation since he was imprisoned for the “demonstration of nazi symbols”. In July, the court toughened the punishment and decided to send Vladislav to a pre-trial detention center. While under house arrest, Nikitenko allegedly used a mobile phone.

"Memorial"* recognized Mr. Nikitenko as a political prisoner.
How can I help?
Write a letter to Vladislav
Every one of you can write a letter to a political prisoner through the FSIN-PISE system. To do so, go to the website and fill in the form:


FKU pre-trial detention center-1 (SIZO-1) UFSIN of Russia in the Amur region

675007, Seryshevsky lane, 55

to Nikitenko Vladislav Nikolaevich, born in 1969

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