Igor Nagavkin. Photo: Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

19 June 2018, 17:55

Igor Nagavkin stops hunger strike

Igor Nagavkin, a Volgograd rights defender, has stopped his hunger strike announced in the Butyrka SIZO (pre-trial prison) in protest against his too long arrest.

The "Caucasian Knot" has informed that Igor Nagavkin's hunger strike was reported by his sister and Lev Ponomaryov, the head of the All-Russian Movement "For Human Rights". According to the latter, Nagavkin went on a hunger strike on May 31; on June 13, he asked the court to remove his advocate.

Igor Nagavkin, an expert of the above Movement for the Southern Federal District (SFD), was detained on October 2, 2016, on suspicion of committing a theft. He rejects his guilt.

Igor Nagavkin stopped his hunger strike on June 16, Natalia Shishlina, his sister, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, adding that she has learnt about it from friends only today.

Igor Nagavkin is one of 11 Russian rights defenders, in whose support the Amnesty International (AI) has launched the "Brave Team" project dated to the FIFA World Cup. The project website has a petition demanding the immediate release of Nagavkin and other rights defenders, which can be signed by anyone, the AI reported on its website on June 7.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Tatiana Filimonova; Source: CK correspondent

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