Prosecutors to report on results of investigation into attack on Lev Shlosberg

posted 24 Oct 2014, 12:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Oct 2014, 12:54 ]
24 October 2014

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The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation has ordered the prosecutor’s office in Pskov region to conduct a review of the criminal investigation into the attack on Lev Shlosberg, editor of the newspaper Pskovskaya guberniya and leader of the region’s branch of the Yabloko party, and subsequently to report on the results of its review to the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights.

On 1 September the head of the Council, Mikhail Fedotov, had made an appeal to this effect on the Council’s website as soon as attack on the well-known civil society activist was reported in the media. The Council stated in their appeal: "There are reasons to suppose that the attack in question could be linked with the activities of L. M. Shlosberg either as a journalist and as a civil society activist, and if that is the case then there is clear evidence of a serious crime under Article 144 of the Criminal Code (Section 3) or even a very serious crime under Article 277”.

Lev Shlosberg was attacked on the night of 29-30 August after his newspaper had published an investigation into the deaths of paratroopers who, it was suggested, had possibly been killed in the course of the conflict taking place on the territory of south-east Ukraine.