Russian Activist Sentenced to 15 Months for Peaceful Environmental Protests

Russian Activist Sentenced to 15 Months for Peaceful Environmental Protests
Photo by Alexandr Prokopenko, DW

Veronika Sherova,

Environment and Human Rights researcher, 

Global Human Rights Defence. 

On October 14, Russian environmental activist Viacheslav Yegorov was sentenced to 15 months in prison for peaceful environmental protests. Since 2018, he has been actively opposing the "import" of waste from Moscow to the "Volovichi" polygon, located near Kolomna, the city in which he lives. The Kolomna City Court found him guilty of repeated violations of the rules for holding protests under Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation [1]. The conviction comes less than a week after the UN Human Rights Council recognized the right to a healthy environment as a universal human right. 

Notes

[1] Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: “Mass Riots 1. Organisation of mass riots attended by violence, pogroms, arson,  the destruction of property, the use of firearms, explosives, or explosive devices, and also armed resistance to government representatives, Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of four to ten years. 2. Participation in mass riots, as provided for by the first part of this Article, Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to eight years. 3. Calls to the mass riots provided for by  Part  One of this article, and likewise calls for violence against citizens, shall be punishable by restraint of liberty for a term of up to two years, or by compulsory labour for a term of up to two years, or by deprivation of liberty for the same term” (The World Intellectual Property Organization).

Sources and further reading:

Russian Activist Imprisoned for Peaceful Environmental Protests, Human Rights Watch, October 15, Retrieved October 17 from https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/10/15/russian-activist-imprisoned-peaceful-environmental-protests 

The Criminal Code  Of The Russian Federation, The World Intellectual Property Organization, Retrieved October 17 from https://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/laws/en/ru/ru080en.pdf