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Dmitry Talantov

Dmitry Talantov

HRD, lawyer, president
Bar Association of the Udmurtia region

Dmitry Talantov is a human rights lawyer and president of the Bar Association of the Udmurtia region. Dmitry Talantov is the acting lawyer for Ivan Safronov, a journalist and RosCosmos official, on trial for a politically motivated high-treason charge. Dmitry Talantov started acting as Ivan Safronov's attorney in August 2021, after Safronov's previous attorney, human rights defender and lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, faced persecution and threats of disbarment because of his legal work on the case.


The environment for the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Russian Federation is difficult, especially for those who defend and promote the rights of LGBTI people, ethnic and religious minorities, refugees, as well as activists of the North Caucasus and the unlawfully annexed Crimean Peninsula. HRDs are often subjected to acts of harassment, surveillance, physical attacks, threat, raids and searches on their offices and homes, slander and smear campaigns, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment, as well as violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. There have also been cases where HRDs have been murdered as a result of their work.