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Support Alexey Sokolov!

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On 14 December Sosnovoborsk Town Court of Krasnoyarsk region refused to give Aleksei Sokolov parole ruling that ' order to achieve the goal of correction he needs to continue serving his sentence.' According to Aleksei Sokolov's wife prison officials imposed on him two disciplinary punishments. One - for drinking tea - was reportedly imposed on 17 November, shortly after his lawyer had sent an application for parole, another - for lying on his bed when it was not allowed by the regime (during day time the inmates are not allowed to sit or lie on their beds) - was imposed on 24 November. The administration of the prison colony also rejected his appeal to grant him several days leave to go to his father's funeral. (This right could be granted under Russian legislation by the prison colony administration.)

Reportedly, there is no TV or radio outlet in the colony and Aleksei Sokolov is reportedly not allowed to use the prison colony library. His family and friends appealed for help asking to send him a letter or a card, send him a newspaper or a book by a letter or a small parcel (he is not allowed big parcels).

Please, support Aleksei Sokolov! The inmates are feeling especially vulnerable around Christmas and New Year time thinking of how they could spend it with their loved ones. Aleksei Sokolov needs your help especially now.

Please, write to the following address:

662500 Krasnoiarskii krai, g. Sosnovoborsk, ul.Zavodskaia, 5, a/ia 214
OIK-40, LIU-37, otriad 2
Sokolov Aleksei Veniaminovich (b.1973)

And here's an address in Russian. You can cut it out and stick on the envelope:

662500, Красноярский край, г. Сосновоборск, ул. Заводская, 5. а/я 214
ОИК-40, ЛИУ-37, 2 отряд, Соколову Алексей Вениаминовичу, 1973 г.р.

Source: Amnesty International