Human Rights lawyer Murad Magomedov severely beaten in Dagestan.

On the 4th February 2015 our colleague, DHRD confernce attendee 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 hospitalised 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.

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 – for further information - link here.

Defending Human Rights Defenders expresses its grave concern at this physical attack on Murad Magomedov. We  believe it is linked directly to human rights work.