According to the human rights activist, he was attacked by a man who introduced himself as a policeman. The attacker tried to “kill” him and “pierce his throat with a piece of glass,” Kalyapin said. He has a broken face and possibly a broken nose and concussion
Igor Kalyapin, a member of the Human Rights Council under the President of Russia, who was hospitalized after an attack in the Nizhny Novgorod region, said that the attacker introduced himself as a policeman. He told the Telegram channel “Caution, news” about this.
“We were celebrating the birthday of a former officer, and this man was there, he was introduced to me as an active employee [of the police]. We drank, everything was fine. Then I invited him to my house, and without saying a word, he attacked me,— Kalyapin said.
According to him, the man tried to “kill” him; and “pierce his throat with a piece of glass.”
The human rights activist specified that his face was bruised and his nose might be broken, “his head is buzzing, apparently a concussion.”
Igor Kalyapin was one of the leaders of the Nizhny Novgorod branch of the “Democratic Union”, participated in the founding of the Nizhny Novgorod Society for Human Rights. In 2000, Kalyapin founded the Committee Against Torture, which in 2015 was recognized by the Ministry of Justice as an NGO acting as a foreign agent. After being recognized as a foreign agent and the court refused to review the decision, the legal entity self-liquidated.
Then a new organization was created — Committee for the Prevention of Torture. In 2016, he was also recognized as a foreign agent, after which human rights activists began to operate under their former name, but without forming a legal entity. In June, the Ministry of Justice recognized the committee as a foreign agent for the third time. Kalyapin headed it until 2022, but in early February he resigned due to disagreements with his colleagues.
As RBC was told in the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the region, on August 25, the police received a message from a citizen of 1967 birthday about being beaten. The officers who arrived at the scene found that
the applicant was injured “as a result of a fight with an unfamiliar man following a joint drinking of alcoholic beverages in the village of Donskoy, Semyonovsky district”. According to preliminary data, the conflict arose on domestic grounds and “is not related to the official and social activities of its participants.”
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“Currently, the applicant has been issued a referral to undergo an FMS [forensic medical examination]. After receiving the conclusion of the examination, which will determine the severity of the harm caused to the health of the citizen, a legal qualification will be given to what happened, & mdash; reported in the department.
On the morning of August 25, the Human Rights Council reported on Telegram that the night before in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Kalyapin was attacked by an unknown person and tried to “cut his face and strangle him.” The human rights activist was able to call the police, the attacker was detained. The victim himself was hospitalized with suspected concussion.
According to the head of the HRC, Valery Fadeev, he sees “no connection” between the attack and Kalyapin's human rights activities.
In late January, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, asked law enforcement agencies to open a criminal case against Kalyapin, as well as a Novaya Gazeta journalist. Elena Milashina, calling them Western agents. He made such a request against the backdrop of the detention of Zarema Musaeva, the wife of the former judge of the Supreme Court of Chechnya, Saydi Yangulbaev, whose family Kadyrov considers terrorists. Kalyapin then pointed out that the “terrorist” favorite name-calling» Kadyrov, and also said that he appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office because of the statements of the head of Chechnya, but this did not produce results. The head of the HRC, Valery Fadeev, said that Kadyrov's accusations against Kalyapin needed a serious evidence base, and noted that the human rights activist is a member of the advisory body under the president, and appropriate mandatory checks were carried out before his appointment to this position.
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