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Covington Secures Asylum for Chechen Client


NEW YORK, NY, October 12, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP recently obtained asylum for a Chechen client and her husband.

The firm’s client, a Russian national and ethnic Chechen, came to the United States from Chechnya in 2006 on a work and travel visa. Shortly after arriving, she learned that her mother, who works for the Chechen Ministry of Education, had received numerous death threats from Chechen separatists. The separatists threatened to kill the firm’s client and her mother if her mother continued to work for the government. At the same time, the client’s mother was being investigated by Russian and Chechen authorities for allegedly having supported the separatists. The client feared that the government’s interest in her mother would lead it to persecute her as well and decided to seek asylum in the United States.

Covington associates Gina Merrill and Keil Mueller prepared the client’s asylum application and supporting documents and prepared the client for her asylum interview. Partner Mark Gimbel supervised the matter. All three are based in the firm’s New York office.

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