Threats against Russian defence lawyer Ramil Akhmetgaliyev

Russian Human rights lawyer Ramil Akhmetgaliyev, from Kazan, has received threats yesterday, through messenger and was told not to go to Saint Petersburg, where he will represent the World Congress of the Ingush People in the Constitutional Court of Russia.

He has been providing legal assistance as an attorney since 2004 and is currently working as a legal analyst at the International Human Rights Group Agora, which is an association of more than 50 lawyers working on landmark human rights cases across the European part of Russia including cases of torture, the death of individuals in prisons and penal colonies as well attacks against civil rights activists, journalists and bloggers.

In 2014, Ramil Akhmetgaliev received an award from the Moscow Helsinki Committee in the category “Human Rights Protection in Court”. He received this message from an anonymous person, who recommended him to not come to Saint Petersburg, otherwise he “might get sick and [his] temperature would rise”. The assailant mentioned the place where the human rights lawyer lives, his daughter and the name of his wife, telling him “to spend more time with them”.

Front Line Defenders (FLD) fears for the physical and psychological security of Ramil Akhmetgaliyev and of members of his family and believes that the threats against him are directly linked to his human rights work. It urges Russian authorities to carry out an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats against Ramil Akhmetgaliyev, with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;

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