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Temur Kobaliya

HRD & Head
Volgograd Human Rights Council

Temur Kobaliya is the Head of the Volgograd Human Rights Council, a group of human rights defenders and organisations that provides legal counselling, and conducts human rights campaigns and education in Volgograd. The human rights defender is also the former Director of the human rights organisation Youth Centre for Consulting and Training, an organisation that provides legal consulting to socially disadvantaged groups and non-governmental organisations. In 2014, Temur Kobaliya was also one of the founders of the National Internet Channel of Non-Governmental organisations (NGOTV), that broadcasts in order to promote the work of civil society and provide a space for public dialogue on human rights and socio-political issues.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Russian Federation have been subjected to acts of harassment, surveillance, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, violent attacks, raids and searches on their offices and homes, slander and smear campaigns, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment.