Anastasiya Zotova

Anastasiya Zotova holds a letter from her husband Ildar Dadin. Moscow, 2016.

Wife of Ildar Dadin, she says that Ildar is her hero and her only love of the lifetime.

Ildar was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for "repeated violation of the established order of organizing or holding meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets". Ildar held a number of one-man pickets, which are not forbidden in Russia, but anyways was the first person who was prosecuted and sentenced to time in prison for article 212.1 of the Criminal Code.

Ildar and Anastasiya got married while Ildar was under investigation in prison.

  • Ildar now needs a tea boiler, 'cause his old one got broken. I would like to send him one, but I don't know how to do it, 'cause now he's in a prison in St. Petersburg, — says Anasasiya.

Later after the interview Ildar was send back to a prison in Moscow. On the 7th of July, due to Anastasiya (she finally managed to see her husband), it became known that Ildar was interrogated on the new case concerning his activity on social networks.

"Although we did not say anything specific on the nature of the issues it is clear that Dadin can be accused under Article 282 of the Criminal Code (" inciting hatred or enmity ... ")", - Said his lawyer Alexey Lipcer.

On the 1st of November 2016 it became known that Ildar is being beaten up, tortured and threatened to be raped by prison authorities in Prison #7, city of Segeja, Karelia, Russia. This prison is famous because Mikhail Khodorkovsky spent his jailtime there. Now human rights activists are trying to solve the problem of torturing prisoners, although the authorities are trying not to let them.

Text/photo: Alexander Aksakov