The third fundraising campaign on Help Each Other platform is live. Support Russia Behind Bars! Russia Behind Bars is a non-governmental organization which provides legal and humanitarian assistance to people facing the Russian penitentiary system. The organization fights against violation of human rights by the employees of the law enforcement and courts.
Russia Behind Bars was founded on November, 21, 2008 by a Russian journalist and publicist Olga Romanova. After the European Union granted funds to Russia Behind Bars to organize so-called “legal hospitals” in Russian regions which help those who are under investigation or were illegally convicted, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation has added the organization to the register of foreign agents. That decision has complicated the fundraising nevertheless the organization still works and still holds offices in Moscow, Jaroslavl, Cheboksary, Saint-Petersburg and Novosibirsk.
Russia Behind Bars not only implements big projects but also provides direct help to the convicted and their relatives. This part of the organization’s activities includes helping with filling legal complaints, sending “care packages” containing hygiene products, sweets, tobacco etc to the jails, and providing financial support to those in need because of the incarceration of their relatives.
As the “About Us” section of the organization’s site states: “We are actors and businessmen, poets and officers, doctors and teachers, we are citizens and patriots; we are those who don’t want to stand aloof as arbitrary rule destroys our compatriots’ lives, we are those who can’t stand the indifference of prosecution, of investigatory powers and other officially appointed perpetrators that have adopted corruption as a rule and have rejected conscience, human dignity, pride and honour as an atavism.
They think that they have won. They are sure that they represent the only real power in Russia. They feel certain of escaping any punishment and that they are immune to the law. We have united to show that they are wrong. We’ve united to retrieve fair and independent justice in our country. We’ve united to restore the right to defence and presumption of innocence for our compatriots. We’ve united to enforce the police and investigatory powers to arrest and convict real criminals, instead of extorting money from citizens and businessmen. We’ve united to force the courts to observe justice instead of following orders from above. We’ve united to make the prosecutor’s office supervise the correct implementation of the law, instead of protecting illegal businesses and bringing accusations of grave crimes against those who don’t give money. We’ve united to make prison warders correct those who have made a wrong step, instead of attacking innocent citizens and helping the investigators to force confessions”.
Don’t let people stay face-to-face with the system! Help each other and support Russia Behind Bars!