Person of the Week: Oleg Kashin

posted 14 Sep 2015, 08:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Sep 2015, 08:24 ]
On 7 September 2015, journalist Oleg Kashin released the names of three men charged with severely beating him in a 2010 attack in which he nearly died. RFE/RL reported that Oleg Kashin expressed fears for his safety in connection with the influential figures he believes ordered the attack. The three men named were Danila Vesyolov, Vyacheslav Borisov, and Mikhail Kavtaskin, all security guards at a St. Petersburg factory. Oleg Kashin told RFE/RL he neither knew the men personally nor had any problems with them. Oleg Kashin also alleged that Aleksandr Gorbunov, director of the holding company that owns the factory and the boss of the three men, had hired the security guards to attack him. Aleksandr Gorbunov was at that time in pre-trial detention on unrelated charges concerning illegal possession of firearms. On 11 September Aleksandr Gorbunov was released from pretrial detention.

Oleg Kashin's Twitter feed can be read HERE.
His website can be read HERE.
His Facebook page HERE

Sources:
Carl Schreck, 'Russia Frees Alleged Organizer Of Journalist's Beating From Jail,' RFE/RL, 11 September 2015
Russian Journalist Names Alleged Attackers In 2010 Beating, RFE/RL, 8 September 2015

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