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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
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«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

We launch solidarity campaign with Congo student Boris - for rights of all unlawfully expelled students

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We have already informed you about Boris Destin Missamou, the student from Congo, who was unlawfully expelled from Moscow State University of Food Production.

On 9 July 2010 an appeal on behalf of Inter-regional Free Students' Union and a number of other student, antifascist and human rights organizations was sent to the university administration. The appeal urged the administration to look into Boris Destin case more attentively, because the expel brought the foreign student, who had been injured in the attack against him, to the brink of survival. Till present time there is no reply from university administration, which speaks volumes for the attitude of university towards requests from students' and other civil organizations.

The foreign student filed the case and on 22 July 2010 the court hearing took place, but university administration did not show up. This proves the fact that authorities of the higher institution do not consider the situation serious enough. We would like to remind you that university dormitory guard does not allow Boris Destin even to get hold of his personal belongings!

Foreign students are some of the vulnerable groups in Russia, but even without this conspicuous factor, such a treatment to a student is impossible and it characterizes this university rather unfavorably.
We would like Boris Destin to be reinstated at university, and we would like this university to change its attitude towards the students.
Taking into account the attitude of university towards the student, we announce the launch of public solidarity campaign with Boris Destin.

We ask you to send the letter to the rector of MSUFP by fax +7 (499) 158–03–71 (examples of letter below).

Please, send the copy of the fax to Inter-regional Free Students' Union as well at +7 (4732) 54-55-30.

If fax is not available, please send the letter by regular mail to Moscow State University of Food Production, Moscow, 125080, Volokolamskoye Shosse, 11.

Please send the copy of the letter to Inter-regional Free Students' Union as well – 394000, Voronezh-center, post office box 237 or by е-mail.

If you have the opportunity to send the letter both via fax and regular mail, that would be most effective!

Respectfully yours,
Lada Burdacheva,
International Network of Students' Rights

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