Free Olga Misik!
Free Olga Misik!
Why this petition matters
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Olya Misik, a journalism student at Moscow State University, became widely known in the summer of 2019, when she was reading the Constitution aloud to the police, who dispersed and beat up protesters on the streets of Moscow. Since then, the Constitution has been rewritten, and a criminal case has been opened against Olya.
On August 9, 2020, at two o'clock in the morning, officers of the FSB, Center "E" and OMON forces broke into the house where Olya was, and searched the place, while having Olya's face put down on the floor. That night she found out that along with two other people she was accused in a criminal case for supporting the defendants of the ‘New Greatness’ case. A day earlier, unknown persons glued a poster to the guard's booth of the General Prosecutor's Office, leaving an inscription in paint. The police took the poster off and washed the paint, and there were no traces or damage left.
Despite this, Misik was kept under arrest for two days, and then the Tverskoy District Court chose a preventive measure: Olya is prohibited from using the Internet and leaving her place of residence in Voskresensk, a town near Moscow from 17:00 pm to 9:00 am. Because of this, she cannot fully study at the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University, attend all classes and do her homework. She now faces up to three years in prison.
We, students, graduate students and employees of Moscow State University, as well as all indifferent people, consider the criminal case against Olga Misik for an action that can be qualified as an administrative offense at most - fabricated, and her prosecution - revenge on the part of the security forces for her active civic position.After the cases of Ivan Golunov and Ivan Safronov, the security forces decided to fight journalists right from the student's bench.
We demand the immediate termination of the criminal case and the removal of all restrictions from his defendants - Olga Misik, Ivan Vorobyevsky and Igor Basharimov.