Russian Federation: ICJ urges protection for security of lawyers, following attack on Murad Magomedov

The ICJ is concerned by yesterday’s attack on lawyer Murad Magomedov in Makhachkala, near the Supreme Court of Dagestan building. The ICJ calls on the authorities to take effective measures to guarantee the security of lawyer Magomedov.

The attack took place during a break in a Supreme Court hearing in which Murad Magomedov was defending his client, Akhmed Israpilov, on charges of terrorism.

The lawyer was severely beaten by a group of five people, and sustained serious head injuries.

He was taken to the Republican Central Clinical Hospital, where he remains, recovering from concussion, multiple injuries and fractures of the jaw.

“This is yet another in a series of physical attacks against lawyers in Dagestan and shows the urgent need for the authorities to take effective measures to protect lawyers in the region,” Temur Shakirov, ICJ Legal Adviser, said today. “Both local and federal authorities in the Russian Federation must ensure a prompt investigation leading to those responsible for this violent act being brought to justice.”

The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyer provide that “where the security of lawyers is threatened as a result of discharging their functions, they shall be adequately safeguarded by the authorities”.

Under international human rights law, the State must take steps to protect the security of persons who the authorities know or ought to know are under threat, and must ensure an independent, prompt, and thorough investigation of any attacks on the life or physical integrity of individuals.

Murad Magomedov has worked as a lawyer with “Memorial” Human Rights Centre since autumn 2014 and represents individuals affected by of a “special operation” in Dagestan’s Vremenyi village in September 2014. In this case Magomedov does not act as a Memorial representative.

The ICJ has previously highlighted cases of assault and killing of lawyers in Dagestan.


Róisín Pillay, Director, Europe Programme, roisin.pillay(a)

Temur Shakirov, Legal Adviser, Europe Programme, temur.shakirov(a)

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