Ukrainian conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba on trial again
Ukrainian conscientious objector and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba has had another trial today (5th August). His trial will continue on 20th September.
Kotsaba is tried for a video he posted in 2015 in which he was calling to boycott military mobilisation for the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. He is being accused of treason and obstructing military operations for his expressions calling for peace and faces a prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.
You can support Ruslan Kotsaba by filling our email alert, writing to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine demanding an end to his prosecution. You can use our template letter, both in Ukrainian and English, here. Scroll down for its English translation when you click the link.
He already had spent 524 days under arrest for his expressions opposing the war and was duly acquitted in 2016. Kotsaba’s retrial is a clearly politically motivated persecution which must end immediately.
For background and more information on Kotsaba's case, see here.
In June, WRI released a statement in support of Kotsaba following a violent attack against him by a far-right group. You can read our statement here.