Temur Kobaliya: Member of Volgograd Human Rights Council Yury Golder detained by police

posted 27 Jul 2017, 10:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jul 2017, 12:34 ]


26 July 2017

By Temur Kobaliya, founder and producer at NGO TV, Volgograd

Photo of Yury Golder by Temur Kobaliya

Yury Golder, a member of the Human Rights Council of Volgograd and director of the Volgograd Consumers' Rights Association, has been detained by police from the Department for Economic Crimes and the Investigative Committee. The authorities intend to request the courts to remand Yury Golder in custody.

Yury Golder is facing charges under Article 204 of the Russian Criminal Code.

The Human Rights Council of Volgograd is undergoing an unprecedented degree of pressure from the law enforcement agencies in Volgograd. 

It is a deplorable fact that consumers' rights in Russia are violated on a daily basis, and nonetheless, despite the very slight improvement in legal awareness of the public, most people do not know how to defend their rights. 

It was to help resolve problems of this sort that the Human Rights Council of Volgograd set up a section to work on the protection of consumers' rights. Yury Golder, as a professional of high standing in this area and director of the Volgograd Consumers' Rights Association, has been leading this work.

At the present time Yury Golder has been detained and is most likely to be remanded in custody for his human rights work. 

The Human Rights Council of Volgograd is facing an emergency. One member of the of the Human Rights Council, Igor Nagavkin, is in prison. Sergo Narsiya has left Volgograd for the present time. Other members (of the 27 human rights defenders who are members of the Council) plan to hold a protest in support of Yury Golder. 

For more information in Russian about the case of Yury Golder, see Komsomolskaya Pravda and OVD-Info

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