Ukraine: Solidarity with Ruslan Kotsaba!
Stop the renewed trial! Demand with us the immediate confirmation of Ruslan Kotsaba’s initial acquittal!
(29.01.2018) Journalist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba again stands trial in Bohorodchany on 31 January 2018. He has been known through his pacifist appeals against the war in Eastern Ukraine. He also called to boycott the illegal mobilisation for the so called 'anti-terrorist operation' in the Ukraine.
Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested in February 2015 already and has been sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment for obstruction of the Ukrainian armed forces. Only after 524 days of pretrial imprisonment he was released by the appeals chamber in July 2016.
Now the country's High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases decided on 1 June 2017 that the case would have to be reopened. For this reason Ruslan Kotsaba needs international support.
Please sign at https://en.connection-ev.org/en_ruslankotsaba-form the petition and demand with us the immediate confirmation of Ruslan Kotsaba's initial acquittal.
Addendum: The court in Bohorodchany declared itself to be biased on 31 January 2018, probably because of international pressure, and referred the case back to the Court of Appeal in Kiev. It is to be expected that another court in the region will be commissioned for the proceedings.
Connection e.V. and DFG-VK, January 29, 2018