Court says deadly raid on Yekaterinburg man’s home was illegal
A district court in Yekaterinburg has determined that a SWAT team broke the law when it raided Vladimir Taushankov’s home on May 31, 2020, which resulted in his death. According to “Agora” human rights group head Pavel Chikov, citing attorney Alexey Bushmakov, the court ruled that the authorities violated criminal procedure search-and-seizure codes. Investigators never presented Taushankov with a search warrant and only issued the paperwork three hours after entering his home and shooting him.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed public concerns about the killing, pointing out that Taushankov threatened police officers with a knife.
Following Taushankov’s death, several right-wing political activists promoted the hashtag #RussianLivesMatter, hoping to hijack some of the energy that’s fueled the better-known Black Lives Matter movement.