Rumours have reached me that Evgeny Vitishko, imprisoned for three years in the beginning of 2014 for writing “It is our forest” on a wrong fence, was refused his request for amnesty. Other posts on the Vitishko story >>
Noticed a call by Amnesty International and Greenpeace to post a photo of nature on any social network, mark it with hashtag #freevitishko, and write a few lines in support of Evgeny Vitishko. Greenpeace volunteers will print these out and send them to the prison camp where Vitishko is doing his time for painting on a fence.
How can some people remain cheerful in a thoroughly uncomfortable Russian prison (I spent a total of est. 14.5 hours in a detention cell and assure you being there amounts to torture) while others are thoroughly demoralized even while remaining free and able to act..
For the last while site stats have been showing Evgeny Vitishko and related stuff among top searches.
Below are local sources on the subject. They are all in Russian. Run then through an on-line translator but if a fragment looks interesting just ask and I’ll quickly translate it manually and try to give it readable form.
Northern Caucasus Eco watch: http://ewnc.org/
The banner above in no way reflect my own view and opinions, and is here for informational value only. “Governor Tkachev, go away, you are a crook” gets you three years probation if you get the message, or “correctional settlement” (the softest variety of prison available, almost “halfway house”) if you don’t.
One of the search phrases that leads people here includes “Evgeni Vitishko”. Yes, the one who painted environmental slogans on a fence around some big shot’s dacha in the middle of a protected forest. I assume you are looking for what happened after the court changed his suspended sentence into a real one in December.
My understanding is that an appeal has been submitted, Vitishko is still free, and his fate is to be decided around the middle of January. The freshest news on the subject are at http://ewnc.org/ but the story is no longer present in the mainstream news. I had to ask for help of our information search expert Alexandra to locate even that small bit.
My environmentally-concerned friends are telling me about possible/likely imprisonment of an ecologist activist Evgeni Vitishko. Vitishko spray-painted a fence constructed around Krasnodar governor Tkachev’s dacha build on public land and in a protected forest near Sochi. That got him cited under “causing significant property damage”.
Looking at site statistics. Enquiries related to hand grenade brought me – surprise! – the most visitors. Next comes, as expected, Kandalaksha, followed by the Newcomb Mott story and Murmansk prostitutes. Click More below to see the complete table of captured search words and phrases (most are not registered by site stats though) since this project has started in the summer of 2013.
I keep seeing this slogan around Kandalaksha, which is the last place on earth you’d expect to meet a vetetarian, let alone a vegan, and certainly no a vegan actively promoting their views. Also these days writing on the wall can get you to prison. If of course this happens to be the wrong wall or fence. See the Evgeni Vitishko story as an example.. My memory just served two episodes of vegan travellers to Kandalaksha but I’ll leave these for later. See Categories > Vegetarian or do a search.