Russian Federation: Torture/unfair trial: Aleksei Sokolov (m)
Human rights defender Aleksei Sokolov was detained on 13 May 2009, and is in danger of torture and other ill-treatment. He is the head of the organization Pravovaia Osnova (Legal Basis), which campaigns on the ill-treatment of people held in Russia's prisons. The police had detained him on suspicion that he had taken part in a 2004 robbery. Aleksei Sokolov expressed concern that the police might try to pressure him into making a "confession."