We, the undersigned, condemn the brutal and violent attack on Andrei Rudomakha and members of Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus,  a Forum’s member organisation, in the evening of 28 December 2017 in Krasnodar, Russia. We demand that the Russian authorities conduct a swift, full, and thorough investigation into the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.
In the late evening of 28 December 2017, Andrei Rudomakha, an environmental and human rights defender from Krasnodar, Russia, was brutally attacked as he returned from an environmental inspection documenting corruption and environmental violations on the Black Sea coast. Rudomakha, the leader of Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, was severely beaten by three men who were waiting for him and his colleagues as they exited their vehicle at approximately 10:20 PM in Krasnodar. According to members of the organization, Andrey was beaten and kicked in the face and lost consciousness. Another member of the organisation, Viktor Chirikov, was punched in the stomach, and a third member was sprayed with pepper spray. The attackers also stole equipment from the vehicle, including cameras and computers. The attackers were wearing balaclavas and disappeared quickly after the attack.
Rudomakha was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is currently undergoing treatment. He has a broken nose and a fractured skull and is suffering from a concussion.

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