About Us

Rights in Russia is a charity registered in the United Kingdom (No. 1147245), set up on 19 January 2010 to mark the first anniversary of the tragic killings in Moscow of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. 

We believe the voices of Russia’s human rights defenders should be more widely heard internationally, both by civil society and by governments. We wish to address a continuing shortage of accurate information in English about human rights in Russia. And we want to offer our support and solidarity to Russia’s human rights defenders at a time when the Russian government’s indifference and hostility often places their work and their lives in jeopardy.

In pursuit of our objectives, at present we run four web-based projects: 

1) Human Rights in Russia: providing news, views and analysis about human rights in Russia, including translations of articles by Russian human rights defenders, and articles by experts living outside Russia;

2) HRO.org in English: publishing translations from Russia's premier human rights website, HRO.org;

3) Internet Freedom in Russia: publishing translations produced in the course of a project by Agora Human Rights Association to monitor and protect freedom of the Internet in Russia today;

4) Human Rights Groups in Russia: providing information from and about human rights groups in Russia.

Readers can subscribe to our publications by e-mail, and they are also available on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, and LiveJournal.

As we work to reach a wider audience, to increase our output of quality translations, and to bring a wider range of authors to public attention, we need to raise significantly the level of our funding - and this is the next goal in our development. 

Some of the human rights defenders whose views are published by Rights in Russia

From left to right: Ludmila Alekseeva (Moscow Helsinki Group); Svetlana Gannushkina (Civic Assistance); Pavel Chikov (Agora Human Rights Association); Igor Kaliapin (Committee Against Torture); Arseny Roginsky (International Memorial Society); Lev Ponomarev (For Human Rights); Karinna Moskalenko (Centre for International Protection).