Gulagu.net founder Vladimir Osechkin says he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in France
Vladimir Osechkin, the founder of the Russian human rights project Gulagu.net, was the target of an attempted assassination in the French city of Biarritz, he told journalist Yulia Latynina in an livestreamed interview on Monday. According to Osechkin, Bellingcat investigator Christo Grozev had previously warned him of a possible murder attempt, but he only managed to evade the attack because he happened to notice the red dot from the sight of the assassin’s gun on the wall next to him.
Then, Osechkin said, he and his family immediately turned out the lights and got on the floor — a procedure they’d practiced beforehand.
Osechkin didn’t tell Latynina whether the hitman was caught, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Vladimir Osechkin founded the human rights group Gulagu.net, which specializes in defending the rights of Russian inmates and collecting data on the unlawful actions of Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) officials.
In October 2021, Osechkin reported that he had obtained over 40 gigabytes of video, text, and photo evidence of widespread torture use in Russian prisons. The videos’ publication sparked an uproar and caused a number of prison officials to lose their jobs.