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Russian Federation: Threats against human rights defender Mr Alexei Kozlov and his family

Human rights defender and environmentalist Mr Alexei Kozlov has received threatening, anonymous phone calls targeting him and his family, most recently on 2 January 2013. Alexei Kozlov is Director of the Foundation For Ecological and Social Justice (ECOSOCIS). He has been a prominent leader in the campaign for the right of freedom of assembly in the region of Voronezh, along with his wife Olga Gnezdilova, and has been involved in protests against nickel mining activities in the region. ECOSOCIS is located in the offices of Human Rights House in Voronezh, along with other well-known human rights organisations.

On 2 January 2013, Alexei Kozlov received an anonymous phone call from an individual who stated that the human rights defender should pay careful attention to threats previously received on 5 December 2012. The individual suggested to meet Alexei Kozlov in order to inform him of the reasons behind the threats and to demonstrate that the threats were real. The call reportedly originated from the same phone number as that of 5 December 2012. On that day, at approximatively 9.45pm, Alexei Kozlov received an anonymous phone call from an individual who threatened to fill Alexei Kozlov's car with mercury, and further stated he knew how to identify the car and that the human rights defender had two children. Alexei Kozlov subsequently reported the threat to the police but has not received a response to date on whether an investigation has been initiated.

Following this incident, on 9 December 2012, Alexei Kozlov's car was damaged in an attempt to open the front seat passenger door. The human rights defender notified the police who registered the case but did not reportedly initiate an investigation. Furthermore, on 29 December 2012, detailed information about Alexei Kozlov and his family members was published on an online regional right-wing forum, reportedly using the nickname “white patriot”.

Front Line Defenders is concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Alexei Kozlov and his family members, and believes that the abovementioned threats are motivated by Alexei Kozlov's human rights work, in particular his involvement in the campaign for freedom of assembly in Voronezh and in his opposition to nickel mining activities in the region.