국제앰네스티는 경찰 개혁과 부패 척결을 위한 캠페인을 벌여온 한 인권활동가에게 일어난 잔혹한 기습 공격에 대해 철저히 조사하라고 러시아 정부에 요구했다.
지난 2월27일, 인권활동가 바딤 카라스텔리프(Vadim Karastelev)가 노보로시크(Novorossisk)에 있는 자신의 집 외부에서 두 남성에게 심하게 구타당하는 사건이 발생했다. 그는 다리와 머리, 눈 부위에 부상을 당했으며, 병원으로 옮겨져 수술을 받았다.
피해자 바딤 카라스텔리프는 노보로시크 인권위원회(Novorossisk Human Rights Committee) 회원 중 한 명으로, 최근 논란이 된 알렉세이 다이모브스키(Aleksei Dymovskii) 사건의 변호를 맡았다. 경찰관인 알렉세이 다이모브스키는 블라디미르 푸틴(Vladimir Putin) 러시아 총리에게 법 집행 기관의 부패를 근절시킬 것을 직접적으로 호소하는 비디오를 만들어 지난해11월 유튜브(YouTube) 동영상 사이트에 올렸다.
노보로시크 경찰에 따르면 이 사건과 관련하여 한 명이 구금돼 있는 상태다. 국제앰네스티 유럽중앙아시아국(局) 안드레아 후버(Andrea Huber) 부국장은 “바딤 카라스텔리브가 공격받은 것과 관련해 러시아 정부는 즉각적이고, 철저하며, 공정한 조사를 실시해야 한다”라고 강조하며, “관련자들이 법의 심판을 받아야 한다”라고 말했다.
Russia urged to investigate attack on human rights activist
Vadim Karastelev, who has been campaigning for police reform and against corruption, was severely beaten by two men outside his home in Novorossisk. Amnesty International has urged the Russian authorities to investigate a brutal attack on a human rights activist who has been campaigning for police reform and against corruption.
Vadim Karastelev, a member of the Novorossisk Human Rights Committee, has been representing the defence in the high profile case of a police officer, Aleksei Dymovskii, who posted a video of himself on YouTube last November, making a direct appeal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to clean up law enforcement agencies.
On Saturday, he was severely beaten by two men outside his home in Novorossisk in the Krasnodar region on the Black Sea coast.
He sustained injuries to his eyes, skull and one of his legs.
Following the attack, Vadim Karastelev managed to call a friend on the phone but then lost consciousness. He was brought to the hospital where he had to undergo surgery.
According to police in Novorossisk, one person has been detained in connection with the attack.
“The Russian authorities must undertake prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the attack on Vadim Karastelev and bring those responsible to justice,” said Andrea Huber, Deputy Programme Director of Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia programme.
“This is just the latest case in a series where Russian human rights activists have faced threats and intimidation. The authorities must end impunity for attacks on human rights defenders.”
A day before the attack, Vadim Karastelev had been released from police detention after being sentenced to seven days for disobeying police orders.
Vadim Karastelev had been detained by police on 19 February while he was distributing leaflets, calling on people to come to a public meeting in support of police officer Aleksei Dymovskii and for reform of the police and against police corruption. The police accused him of having organized a public meeting without announcing it to the authorities.
In December 2009 Vadim Karastelev had been given a written warning by the police in Novorossisk that his actions during a public hearing in protection of a nature reserve could be seen as incitement to public disorder.