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Mr Yury Chaika, prosecutor general in Russia
We’re concerned about the situation of Lyudmila Aleksandrova, a lawyer in the Krasnodar region of Russia.
Ms Aleksandrova provides legal representation in criminal and administrative cases against law enforcement agencies.
According to our information, on 4 November 2018 Ms Aleksandrova’s car was set on fire when parked next to her house.
A few days earlier, Ms Aleksandrova had represented a client who was the only defence witness in the case of Mikhail Benyash.
Mikhail Benyash had come to Krasnodar to provide legal assistance to protestors against pension reform. On 9 September he was arrested in Krasnodar, allegedly beaten by the police, and held in isolation for around eight hours.
Ms Aleksandrova’s client witnessed the ill-treatment of Mr Benyash by police officers.
We respectfully urged the relevant authorities to:
9 September 2018 – Mikhail Benyash arrested in Krasnodar, allegedly beaten and held in isolation
Early November 2018 – Lyudmila Aleksandrova represented the only defence witness in the case of Mikhail Benyash
4 November 2018 – Ms Aleksandrova’s car set on fire
17 December 2019 – we wrote to Russia’s prosecutor general