Environmental campaigner Evgeny Vistishko has been freed
But his ordeal is not completely over. Our colleagues at Friends of the Earth Russia have informed us that after months in a penal colony, Evgeny was conditionally released in December 2015.
Although no longer detained, the possibility that he could return to prison will hang over him until February 2017, the end of his sentence. His detention in February 2014 was in fact the result of a suspended sentence being turned into an actual prison sentence, apparently as a reaction to his ongoing activism.
Evgeny Vistishko is a member of the Environmental Watch on North Caucasus, a regional organization of Russian Social-Ecological Union/Friends of the Earth Russia. His sentence and detention apparently relate to his criticism of the environmental impacts of the Sochi Olympics.
Many thanks to all helped secure his release by taking part in previous actions. No further action is required.