Memorial HRC lawyer Murad Magomedov severely beaten in Dagestan

6 February 2015

Today our colleague and lawyer, 32-year old Murad Magomedov, was severely beaten by unknown attackers in Makhachkala. This brutal assault occurred not far from the Supreme Court of the Republic of Dagestan, where Murad had been representing the interests of his client on a case (not related to Memorial HRC). As Murad was leaving the building a gang of five men attacked him. Murad suffered severe head injuries and was hospitalized at the Republic’s Central Hospital. Unfortunately, due to his condition, Murad is not able to describe the details of the attack. Memorial HRC has appealed to the Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, Ella Pamfilova, and Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, in order to inform them about this brutal attack.

Murad, has worked with Memorial HRC since Autumn 2014. At present, in agreement with Memorial HRC, Murad is representing the interests of a number of residents of the village of Vremmeny, who suffered from illegal activity by security forces last year. He has been threatened in the past.

Information about other cases Murad is working on is available here in Russian.

Unfortunately, this is not the first case when lawyers and human rights activists have become the victims of violence in Dagestan. They are often threatened, and some have been assassinated. You can read more about this in Russian.

For further comments please contact Oleg Orlov, the Head of the Hot Spots Programme and member of Memorial HRC Board on tel: +7 926 703 89 31.

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