SafeMUSE have joined a call to the Swedish Ministry of Justice and the Migration Board about the decision to deny Luisine Djanyan and Aleksej Knedljakovsky and their two children political asylum in Sweden.
Luisine Djanyan and Aleksej Knedljakovsky are both members of the Russian performance group Pussy Riot, and SafeMUSE together with partners Artists at Risk, Suomen PEN, Swedish PEN and Artist at Risk Connection/PEN America urges Swedish authorities to reconsider the decision to this refusal. Should they be returned to Russia, the continuous risk of further repression, harm, imprisonment or worse is high and to to be fully expected:
"We urge you, the Stockholm Migration Court and the Minister of Justice of the Government of Sweden, to reconsider the decision to refuse the Dzjanyan-Knedlyakovsky family asylum in Sweden. In our considered estimation, their well-being, freedom and even their lives have been and continue to be at genuine risk.
Following a long series of well-documented infringements on their freedom of expression - both artistic and political - as well as open forms of intimidation, censorship and imprisonment, the Dzjanyan-Knedlyakovsky family left Russia and applied for asylum in Sweden on March 16, 2017", reads our open letter to the Swedish authorities.
Read the full letter HERE.