HRC member Eva Merkacheva said that the man who attacked human rights activist Igor Kalyapin was a major in the criminal investigation department, he was fired from the police and a case was opened under the article on the threat to kill
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Attacked a member of the Human Rights Council (HRC) Igor Kalyapin and the former head of the “Committee against Torture”; (a human rights organization recognized by the Ministry of Justice as an NGO-foreign agent and liquidated) was a police major, he was fired from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Eva Merkacheva, a member of the HRC and the PMC of Moscow, reported this in her Telegram.
The attacker's name is Sergey Chernigovsky, he served in the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Nizhny Novgorod, where he was a senior detective of the criminal investigation department.
According to Merkacheva, Chernigovskiy's former colleagues “notice oddities” about him, the major, when drinking, becomes aggressive “so much so that it could pose a real threat.” “This could explain the major’s hatred towards Kalyapin and his cries about the fact that there is a “task to kill”, — she believes.
Merkacheva told Interfax that after the attack, a criminal case was opened under Art. 119 of the Criminal Code (threat to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm), the maximum penalty under this article— five years in prison.
RBC sent a request to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The HRC reported the incident with Kalyapin the day before. According to the Council, the man attacked the human rights activist, tried to cut his face and strangle him. Kalyapin said that the incident took place at the birthday party of his former colleague. After the attack, the human rights activist was hospitalized, according to Merkacheva, his nose and rib were broken.
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The head of the HRC, Valery Fadeev, said that he did not see “any connection” between the attack and Kalyapin's human rights activities.
«Committee Against Torture»— Russian human rights organization, it received complaints and represented the interests of victims in courts. The organization was founded in 2000. In June, after the Ministry of Justice for the third time introduced the “Committee” into the register of foreign agents, the organization self-liquidated as a legal entity and continued to work under the new name “Team Against Torture”.
Kalyapin headed the committee until February 2022, but he announced his resignation due to disagreements with colleagues.
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