Free Svetlana Bakhmina

Please visit the Svetlana Bakhmina site to sign this petition, which will be sent to President Dmitry Medvedev. You can read more about Svetlana’s case here and here. Below is the text of the letter:

Dear Mr. President, Please attend to the case of Svetlana Bakhmina, a Russian citizen sentenced to a 6.5 years’ imprisonment term. In May 2008, she served half of her term. According to Russian laws, she may be released on parole. Svetlana has two sons, aged seven and eleven. Moreover, now she is expecting her third child, which is due in December. Now Svetlana is in prison hospital. Nonetheless, the court has twice refused to release her on parole. Mister President, we know that under the Constitution of Russian Federation, you may pardon Svetlana Bakhmina. We, the undersigned, urge you to pardon her. We believe that by doing so you will demonstrate to the people of Russian Federation and to the whole world that mercy and respect of human rights are the corner stones of a strong civilized state.