Russian physicist and human rights defender Lev Ponomarev was beaten up when he and his staff were violently evicted from the Moscow office of his organization For Human Rights on June 22.
Dr. Ponomarev worked and published for many years in elementary particle physics at the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics in Moscow. He became involved in human rights and politics in the late 1980s, and has become one of the leading human rights figures in Russia through both traditional means and online activism.
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- Leading human rights group evicted from Moscow office (bbc.co.uk)
- Russian NGO forcibly evicted from Moscow office (star-telegram.com)
- Top Russian Rights Activist Describes Violent Raid On NGO (rferl.org)