Sochi Olympic Games

Early release for Olympic eco-prisoner Vitishko rejected again

A hearing highly anticipated to lead to Sochi Olympic environmental prisoner Yevgeny Vitishko’s early release ended in disappointment today based on his refusal to undergo counseling by his prison colony’s psychiatrist, according to his colleagues. The court also said Vitishko had yet to fulfill the conditions of certain disciplinary reprimands, although guards testified all reprimands […]

Cautious optimism among supporters that Vitishko may be released early

A regional court in the Tambov Region of Russia has delayed a hearing on a petition that could free jailed environmentalist Yevgeny Vitishko until the end of the month, but his colleagues and other ecologists are cautiously optimistic he could be freed. In February 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Vitishko was sentenced to […]

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