"An innocent man, in a living hell."
- Bob Dylan, The Hurricane
James Vincent Wilgus
One day before the US Presidential Election in November of 2016, James "Jimmy" Vincent Wilgus, a 47-year-old American Citizen from New Jersey, and renowned Musician, Composer, Singer, who performed in Eastern Europe, was forcibly detained by Russian police, falsely charged for a crime he didn't commit, unjustly tried and sentenced by a Russian judicial system to an unconscionable 12.5 years in a harsh Russian Labor Camp (the notorious Mordovia, Russia Penal Colony IK 17).
"Only I have seen the world through my eyes."
- Jimmy Wilgus, January 2023
Jimmy is now entering a brutal, incomprehensible 7th year of a 12.5-year sentence, longer than any American released to date, much of which was spent in solitary confinement.
The fight for Jimmy's freedom remains paramount and has never been more critical due to his quickly deteriorating medical condition. In Jimmy's case, it's a matter of life or death.
While Jimmy continues to bear this total injustice of human rights, we ask for your prayers, support and advocacy in petitioning the U. S. Government to help us bring Jimmy home.
This is a matter of justice. It's a matter of permanent medical impairment, or even his life. Jimmy did not deserve this.
We plead with our U.S. Government today, on behalf of all citizens, to bring Jimmy and every detained American home.
One day of imprisonment of an innocent person is one day too long. Give them back their freedom.