Unknown people attacked lawyer Elena Ponomareva at a public transport stop and poured green paint on her. As reported in the Telegram channel of the Chamber of Advocates of the Moscow Region (APMO), she received bodily injuries, the retina of the eye was damaged.
Ponomareva wrote on Facebook that she had a “second degree eye burn.” According to her lawyer, she was attacked on Rublevsky Highway in Moscow. Ponomareva believes that the attack is related to her professional activities: she was threatened in instant messengers, sent photos of her relatives, dogs and property, which indicates surveillance. In addition, the attackers doused her car with paint, punctured tires. The lawyer contacted the police, but to no avail.
The Commission for the Protection of the Rights of Lawyers of the APMO is preparing an appeal to the investigating authorities with a demand to find the perpetrators. They said that in the past, Ponomareva from the Tsukanov, Ponomareva and Partners law firm had already been attacked several times, she was under state protection.
Baza writes that the attack may be related to the case of Lytkarinsky city court judge Sergei Kotov, in which Ponomareva was a witness. Kotov was detained in January 2021 on suspicion of taking a bribe of 13 million rubles. According to investigators, for this money he promised to help the accused in the case of drug trafficking. The trial of Kotov began in December last year.