Target: President Vladimir Putin
Goal: Drop unproven embezzlement charges against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has found himself charged with six years imprisonment if he is convicted of embezzlement charges in court. Normally, this wouldn’t raise anyone’s hackles, but there is not evidence to suggest Navalny has committed embezzlement while there is plenty of evidence that he is against Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin. Navalny is a very vocal dissenter and he believes it is that, not any criminal acts, that prosecutors are currently trying to land him in jail for. Please sign if you agree that the allegations against him should be dropped, especially if the prosecution has no evidence to back them up.
Despite facing jail, Navalny, a political and financial activist, has declared that he will continue his crusade against corruption in Russia. He had even said that he will one day be Mayor of Moscow and that, eventually, he will be president of Russia. He is a well-known critic of corruption and especially of President Vladimir Putin. That is why he believes he is being prosecuted for embezzlement. In addition to the six years he may be convicted with, he also risks being required to pay a one million ruble fine.
Navalny has reportedly said, “If somebody thinks that upon hearing this threat of six years, I will run away abroad or go into hiding, they could not be more wrong… I don’t have any other choice and I don’t want to do anything else. I want to help people of my country, work for my compatriots.”
This man needs to be released. Without any evidence to prove that he has embezzled funds, there is no trial. If he goes to jail, it will only prove that his trial was politically motivated. Add your voice to those who are requesting that he be released and allowed to continue his crusade against corruption.
Dear President Vladimir Putin,
What better way is there to convince the world you aren’t the power hungry leader most people seem to think you are than by pardoning a man who has spent years leading protests against you? Sending Alexei Navalsky to prison for a crime he claims he was framed for will make him a political martyr, but if you pardon him, his words will ring hollow in the ears of anyone who once listened to him, and you will look like a saint.
In my opinion, the best thing you can do is offer to drop the charges against him and make that offer as public as possible. If he refuses it, he will go to jail, seemingly ungrateful towards your generosity. If he accepts it, he will be viewed a traitor and a hypocrite by all those who oppose you. Either way, you will come out looking like the better man.
I ask that you consider my words. Thank you for your time.
[Your Name Here]
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