Corruption-fighter beaten to death with metal rods in Moscow region
He had earlier been beaten; his car had been burnt up.
The day before, public activist Dmitry Gribov was murdered in Moscow region’s settlement of Vinogradovo. He was a head of a Moscow region’s branch of a non-governmental organization Center to Counter Corruption within Governmental Entities.
The organization’s council chief Viktor Kostromin told PASMI the public activist had been attacked by several men wearing masks when Gribov came to visit his elderly mother at about 9 pm.
The attackers were frightened away by the locals who also called the ambulance for Gribov. However, the man died in an intensive care unit of a Moscow region-based hospital a few hours after the attack. He suffered several head injuries and fractures following the attack.
In Kostromin’s words, a few years ago, Gribov had a domestic conflict on the road. He was beaten by three persons then. After that, he sough for criminal prosecution, however there were no results. A few years ago, his car was burnt. After he filed a lawsuit against the Department of Internal Affairs (due to their nonfeasance), criminal case against one of the attackers was finally initiated.
The court hearing related to this case took place yesterday.
The non-governmental organization gave data support in countering corruption to governmental entities, legal bodies and private individuals, composed complaints, offered to represent a customer in all courts and instances, as well as in police, the Prosecution Service and any other organizations.
Mass protest rallies have been taking place in Moscow on a regular basis since the beginning of this summer. People are protesting for lots of different reasons. However, the reaction of the law enforcement authorities is always the same: repression. What is the reason behind the brutality shown during the dispersion of mass rallies? A conscious intimidation policy or incompetence of law enforcement functionaries escalating the violence and unable to imagine the potential consequences of this?