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Legal assistance to the victims and their relatives
     Zona Prava unites people     
     who want to see changes     
     in Russia's prison system     

About the project

Zona Prava is already providing legal and informational support to prisoners and criminal defendants. We are drafting amendments to laws governing jails and prison work colonies.

We are striving for transparency and humane conditions throughout the Russian justice system.

Dominating most prison colonies is a type of punishment not handed down by any judge: the denial of the right to human dignity.

Two members of our team, Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, spent almost two years in Russian jails and prison colonies, from March 2012 to December 2013. They experienced the same kind of humiliations that prisoners are subjected to today, and they are passionate about addressing those problems.

Legal aid

  • Legal defense and accompaniment through the process for prisoners whose lives are under threat due to unlawful actions taken by corrections officials, investigators, or judges
  • Investigating cases of death in corrections facilities
  • Legal consultation over a telephone hotline, and assistance to inmates in filing complaints
  • Filing suit against jail and prison administrations on behalf of inmates
  • When necessary, aid in filing suit with the European Court of Human Rights and seeing the process through

Informational support

  • Collecting and disseminating information about human rights in jails and prison colonies
  • Working with the media when prisoners' rights are violated. Publicizing court hearings and incidents in jails, prison colonies and police stations
  • Interviewing inmates and those recently released, officials, relatives of inmates, rights defenders, lawyers, and members of public oversight commissions (POCs)
  • Systematizing information about jails and prison colonies in all the regions of Russia, to make corrections facilities more transparent for all citizens

Abuse by workers at prisons or jails, or abuse by other inmates, is taking place everywhere—not to mention humiliation, beatings, extortion, discrimination, and refusals to help.

Don't let them treat you that way. Call now:

8 800 333–15–40 National direct line

Sergey Petryakov

Частнопрактикующий юрист (индивидуальный предприниматель), сотрудничающий с МАПО «АГОРА», ЧРПОО «Щит и Меч».

Biography (in Russian)


2003–2009 — Чувашский Государственный университет им. И.Н. Ульянова, юридический факультет, специализация «Уголовное право и процесс» (заочное отделение).

21–28 февраля 2010 — слушатель «Зимней школы прав человека», проводимой Московской хельсинской группой.

Опыт работы

Август 2010 — по настоящее время — частнопрактикующий юрист (индивидуальный предприниматель), сотрудничающий с МАПО «АГОРА», ЧРПОО «Щит и Меч» (on-line консультирование обратившихся на сайте www.openinform.ru по вопросам ВИЧ, медицины в закрытых учреждений; представление интересов ВИЧ + в судах по делам об освобождении в связи болезнью) и иным делам о нарушении прав человека

Октябрь 2009 — декабрь 2010 — юрист Чувашской правозащитной организации «Щит и Меч» (консультирование, представление интересов граждан в суде и гос.органах по гражданским, административным и уголовным делам в сфере защиты прав человека, оспаривание незаконных действий гос.органов)

2008 — волонтер Чувашской республиканской правозащитной организации «Щит и Меч» (консультирование граждан по правовым вопросам)

9:00–18:00, 21:00-0:00
Moscow time,
weekdays only
All conversations are recorded
You must name your region when you call
To receive targeted legal aid, you must give your full name and the name of your facility
105120, Moscow, 4th Syromya-
tnichesky lane, 1/8, bld. 8