Accessibility links

Breaking News

Solidarity Activist Attacked In Russia

Yelena Vasileva
Yelena Vasileva
Yelena Vasileva, a member of the political council of Russia’s opposition Solidarity movement, was attacked and beaten on a train from Tambov to Moscow on the evening of April 6.

Vasileva had been in Tambov to participate in a Solidarity conference there.

Vasileva told RFE/RL's Russian Service that she noticed a man following her in Tambov. He later approached her on the train and said: “We’ll teach you to come to the Tambov region.” He then struck her in the chest.

Vasileva lost consciousness and was hospitalized overnight as a result.

According to the opposition website, Vasileva had been harassed and followed throughout her time in Tambov. In addition, the conference had to be postponed one day because the owner of the planned venue pulled out of the agreement. The local organizer of the conference, Vasily Sytnik, received a threatening letter at his home address.

Earlier this month, at least two assailants beat human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, who is also a leader of the Solidarity movement, outside his home in Moscow.

(by Robert Coalson)

About This Blog

"Watchdog" is a blog with a singular mission -- to monitor the latest developments concerning human rights, civil society, and press freedom. We'll pay particular attention to reports concerning countries in RFE/RL's broadcast region.


Latest Posts

Journalists In Trouble

RFE/RL journalists take risks, face threats, and make sacrifices every day in an effort to gather the news. Our "Journalists In Trouble" page recognizes their courage and conviction, and documents the high price that many have paid simply for doing their jobs. More