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Azat Miftakhov Days – July 5-6, 2022

Registration is mandatory by filling out the form here.

We are pleased to announce that the second Azat Miftakhov Days will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday July 5-6, 2022, in solidarity with Azat Miftakhov, a mathematics graduate student from the Moscow State University who has been arbitrarily detained by Russian state authorities since February 2019. Azat has been mistreated and tortured by the authorities while in detention. His trial, which took place after much delay in the Fall of 2020, was based largely on the testimony of “secret” government witnesses. In a grossly unjust and excessive decision, in January 2021 a court in Moscow sentenced Azat to six years imprisonment in a penal colony for “hooliganism”. Azat is currently serving this sentence in a labor colony in Omutninsk.

  • Tuesday July 5, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) – online

On the first day, we will honor the new generation of Russian mathematicians committed to human rights. The speakers are Ilya Dumanski (MIT), Alexander Petrov (Harvard) and Slava Rychkov (IHES). Their mathematical lectures will be broadcast live on Zoom and youtube. 

  • Wednesday July 6, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) – hybrid 

On the second day, we will co-organize with Memorial Human Rights Center a panel to assess the human rights situation in Russia through the cases of persecuted academics. The panel will be hybrid, online and in person at the École normale supérieure in Paris, open to academics, human rights organizations and journalists.  Amnesty International (Moscow office), DOXA and OVD-INFO have already agreed to participate.

On 29 December 2021, the Moscow City Court has ordered the closure of the prominent Russian NGO Memorial Human Rights Center for allegedly violating “foreign agent” legislation. Founded in 1991, HRC Memorial is one of the most respected human rights organizations in Russia and in the world. The prosecutors claimed that HRC Memorial repeatedly violated the “foreign agents” law by refusing to label their content as produced by a “foreign agent”.  They also claimed that HRC Memorial justified “terrorism and extremism” by keeping a list of people detained for political reasons on its website. The list featured individuals imprisoned following unfair, politically-motivated trials, including Azat Miftakhov. On 28 December 2021, the Supreme Court ordered the liquidation of its sister organization, International Memorial.

The first Azat Miftakhov Day organized last year, attracted over 1600 participants and raised awareness in the mathematical community of the injustice suffered by our young colleague. We are counting on your participation in this second edition to send a strong message of solidarity to Azat and to press for his immediate and unconditional release.

Registration is mandatory both for participation online or in person. The registration form is available here.

Further information will be available on caseazatmiftakhov.org

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