Voronezh: human rights activist’s home attacked

posted 16 Sept 2014, 11:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Sept 2014, 11:45 ]
15 September 2014

Source: HRO.org (info)
On the night of 12-13 September 2014, the home of the human rights activist Natalya Zvyagina in Voronezh was attacked. The unknown attackers threw bags of severed chicken heads onto the balcony of the flat, and disinfectant was flung at the front door

In Zvyagina’s words, "Everything happened at night, and I didn’t pay much attention to the noise. The disinfectant may be a reference to the recent attack on another Voronezh-based human rights activist, Andrey Yurov. The aim of pranks like this is generally to scare people, but I just feel sorry for these kids who have nothing better to do with their time.”

According to Article20, the police have been notified of the incident.

Natalya Zvyagina is a programme coordinator and lawyer for the Interregional Human Rights Group and a member of the Public Monitoring Commission for Places of Detention in the Voronezh Region, as well as acting as an expert for the Moscow Helsinki Group.

On the evening of 1 July, near to the offices of the Voronezh Human Rights House, the human rights activist Andrey Yurov was attacked from behind by two people in black balaclavas who hit him and poured disinfectant over him. An ambulance and the police were called to the scene, and he was diagnosed with first-degree conjunctival burns. Andrey Yurov is a member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights and an organiser and coordinator of the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights.

Translated by Joanne Reynolds