UPDATE: On February 10, 2017, Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled that article 212.1 of Russia’s Criminal Code should not be applied in cases where protesters did not constitute threat to society.
On February 22, Russia’s Supreme Court quashed Dadin’s criminal sentence, recognized his “right to rehabilitation,” and ordered his release.
On February 26, Ildar Dadin was finally released.
(Moscow) – A man imprisoned in Russia for a series of peaceful individual protests has alleged that he was beaten, humiliated, and threatened with abuse and death in custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should immediately release the prisoner, Ildar Dadin, and promptly and effectively investigate his allegations of torture and ill-treatment.
Dadin, 34, is the first person in Russia convicted for “repeated breaches of public assembly rules,” a draconian criminal law introduced in 2014.
“Russian authorities should immediately free Ildar Dadin,” said Yulia Gorbunova, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Dadin was convicted for nothing more than peacefully exercising his right to free expression, and that in turn has led to further serious physical abuse against him and even death threats.”