Target: Valeriy Heletey, Minister of Defense
Goal: Determine the whereabouts of separatist newspaper editor who was abducted from his office
Sergei Dolgov, editor of the separatist newspaper Khochu v SSSR (“I want to be in the USSR”) in Mariupol, Ukraine, has been abducted. His whereabouts remain unknown, and while media reports assert that he is dead eyewitness reports suggest he may still be alive. Sign the petition and demand that Sergei Dolgov’s location and status be released immediately.
Dolgov was abducted from his office at the beginning of the summer. He was dragged outside to a waiting car by masked men who also stole “all the technical equipment from the offices,” Amnesty International reports. A police investigation was opened, but an officer involved with the case remarked that “there were different Ukrainian forces active in Mariupol that the police would not necessarily be aware of.” The officer went on to say it was possible that Dolgov was being “officially detained rather than…abducted.”
Ukraine’s government security agency, Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny (SBU) has added to the confusion with conflicting messages; at one point the SBU’s head confirmed that the National Guard had arrested Dolgov and he was being held in Zaporishia, but the agency has denied any knowledge of Dolgov’s whereabouts or status ever since.
Despite reports that Dolgov was tortured to death, his wife and some eyewitnesses claim that he may still be alive and detained either in Zaporishia or at a military base. The longer this goes on, the more dangerous the situation becomes. Sign the petition and demand the immediate disclosure of Sergei Dolgov’s whereabouts.
I am writing to demand to know the whereabouts of Sergei Dolgov, who was abducted from his office on June 6, 2014. His death has been rumored but remains unconfirmed, and some reports suggest that he is still alive and is being detained in Zaporishia or a military base. His arrest and incommunicado detention violate a myriad of human rights laws and I demand that his location, health, and legal status be disclosed immediately.
Dolgov was likely targeted due to his association with the separatist newspaper Kohchu v SSSR. If this is the case, he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely as a result of his peaceful political views, and he must be released immediately and unconditionally. If this is not the case, he must be charged immediately with an internationally-recognizable offense, given access to legal representation, allowed communication with his family, and provided with medical care.
Sergei Dolgov has been mistreated and his human rights have been violated. I demand that those responsible for his maltreatment be brought to justice, and I demand that he be freed.
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