More than 100 doctors, in an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked for the release from prison of St. Petersburg artist Sasha Skochilenko, who had been convicted the day before and was sentenced to seven years in prison for an action where price tags were replaced with anti-war leaflets. According to Kommersant, at the moment the letter has been signed by 175 doctors.
It is noted that the artist has been diagnosed with several severe chronic diseases that require medical supervision and a special diet.
“Staying in a colony could lead to a significant deterioration in Sasha’s health,” the letter says.
According to doctors, the artist’s sentence seems “especially unfair” against the backdrop of reports of the release of prisoners who have committed serious crimes.
The day before, the Vasileostrovsky Court of St. Petersburg sentenced artist Sasha Skochilenko to seven years in a general regime colony in the case of distributing fakes about the Russian Armed Forces. In March 2022, Skochilenko replaced five price tags in one of the stores in St. Petersburg with stylized sheets with information about the progress of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which does not correspond to the position of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The artist was arrested and remained in custody for a year and a half. The court found her guilty under Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public dissemination of knowingly false information about the use of the RF Armed Forces). In her last word, Skochilenko called the criminal case “strange and funny.”
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