Mathematics PhD student Azat Miftakhov has been detained since February 2019 for and recently convicted on charges of manufacture of explosives and breaking a political party window. These charges appear to be based on secret, unreliable witnesses and he has been subjected to torture.
November 22, 2021
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
President of the Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 9102134
Dear President Putin:
The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world.
This communication concerns Azat Miftakhov, 28, a Tatar-Russian who has been a graduate student since 2015 in the Department of Theory of Functions and Functional Analysis of Mechanics at Moscow State University. He completed his bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics in 2015. He was arrested in February 2019 and sentenced to six years in a medium-security penal colony on a charge of hooliganism in January 2021.
The Committee is concerned that Miftakhov’s prolonged suffering and his sentence are disproportional to the violation he has been accused of – a minor property damage. There have been allegations of torture during his detention, including sleep deprivation, as well as allegations of the lack of evidence and reliance on the testimony of secret witnesses who were not cross-examined at the trial.
We respectfully ask you to show good will and pardon Miftakhov given his young age and promise as a mathematician.
Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich,
Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov,
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Phone: (202) 298-5700
Fax: (202) 298-5735