The international human rights organization Amnesty International calls on all those who are not indifferent to the fate of the Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev to write appeals to the Russian authorities demanding his release. Human rights defenders on their website published a template with a requirement to the Minister of Health of Russia and the Ombudsman of the Novosibirsk Region, as well as the address of the Novosibirsk psychiatric hospital where Gabyshev is placed.
The appeal of human rights activists says that Alexander Gabyshev was transferred to a “specialized” psychiatric hospital in Novosibirsk, almost five thousand kilometers from his native Yakustk. He has long faced harassment for publicly criticizing President Vladimir Putin, including repeated arbitrary arrests, humiliating searches and confinement to psychiatric clinics.
Amnesty International proposes to send letters demanding an end to compulsory treatment and the immediate release of Alexander Gabyshev by regular or e-mail. In addition, human rights activists ask to support Gabyshev on his birthday, November 22, and send him congratulations to the hospital.
September 30, Director of the Russian office of Amnesty International Natalya Zvyagina statedthat the country’s authorities turned “psychiatric care into a punitive measure – a method well tried and tested during the Soviet period” – and used it to pacify and discredit Alexander Gabyshev. “To see how easily and simply a powerful and unforgiving state machine destroys the life of someone who dared to peacefully express his own opinion and criticize the authorities is truly scary,” the human rights activist said.
- On October 4, it became known that the authorities placed Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev to the Novosibirsk psychiatric hospital of a specialized type with intensive supervision.
- July 26 Yakutsk City Court sent Gabyshev for compulsory treatment in criminal cases on the use of violence against law enforcement officers and extremism.
- In the spring of 2019, Alexander Gabyshev, together with like-minded people, set off from Yakutsk on a campaign to Moscow to conduct the “rite of expelling Putin.” His detained in a few weeks on the border of Buryatia and Irkutsk region. Later, Gabyshev was placed in a neuropsychiatric dispensary, and then a criminal case was opened on incitement to extremism. The case of the use of violence against a government official was opened in December 2019.
- At the end of January 2021 for compulsory hospitalization of Gabyshev in a mental dispensary have involved 50 police officers and nine cars. Several high-ranking police officers arrived to detain Gabyshev, including the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Yakutia. A few days earlier, Gabyshev announced a new campaign against Moscow, which he planned for March 2021.