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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Widow of Killed Translator Harassed by Police Officers

The widow of an Afghan interpreter killed by skinheads last week in central Moscow has since suffered from police harassment, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Police officers knocked at the door of Irina Hakrezi, the widow of Abdul Hakim Hakresi, at 3 a.m. last Thursday morning saying they wanted to question her in connection with her husband's murder, Stanislav Markelov said at a news conference.

"They demanded that she open the door, saying they had questions about the information she gave earlier by phone. She refused. They then waited outside discussing loudly whether or not to break in, but decided to leave," Markelov said.

Hakresi, a 35-year-old interpreter for the Federal Migration Service, was attacked by a group of skinheads at the entrance to the Polyanka metro station last Monday. He died the next day in the hospital and was buried a week later. As well as his wife, he is survived by four children.

The day after the policemen's visit, Irina Hakresi reported the incident to investigators working on her husband's case. The investigators apologized for their colleagues but ignored her request to document the incident, Markelov said.

Investigators could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Markelov said the investigation has made little progress over the past week, despite the evidence of several witnesses.