Welcome to Rights in Russia

“[…] the striving for freedom never died out in Russia, and over the centuries in each generation there have been people who devoted their lives to the struggle for freedom, and sacrificed their lives for freedom’s sake.” – Liudmila Alekseeva (1927-2018)


“[…] We are not civil society. But we prepared the ground to enable civil society to emerge, and it has emerged.” – Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017)


Here is the link to our publications of the past week: Weekly Update.

Our review of this week’s news highlights the following:

– A panel of UN experts (in a statement from the end of the previous week) highlighted the risk of torture and arbitrary detention that would be faced by Ravil Mingazov if forcibly returned to Russia;
– The Venice Commission published an opinion on Russia’s so-called ‘foreign agent’ laws;
– Amnesty International, Fédération Internationale pour les Droits Humains (FIDH, International Federation for Human Rights), Human Rights House Foundation and Human Rights Watch published an Open letter to the Permanent Missions to the UN in Geneva on the Russian legal landscape that is ‘inconsistent with international standards’;
– The European Court of Human Rights handed down 13 judgments with regard to Russia;
– Four members of the Pussy Riot protest group were jailed;
– A court in Crimea extended the pre-trial detention of Vladyslav Yesypenko, an RFE/RL freelance correspondent, by six months.

Our videos and podcasts:

– Mary Page interviews, in English, Pavel Chikov, one of Russia’s leading human rights activists and lawyers;
– Answering Bill Bowring’s 25 questions in Russian is  Tanya Lokshina, associate director for Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division, based in Moscow;
– Simon & Sergei‘s Russian-language podcast this week is with Gleb Bogush, a lawyer and associate professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.

Our translations this week are:

– the latest weekly news round-up from OVD-Info;
– the latest weekly news round-up from Team 29;
– Galina Arapova on the investigation into the Proekt journalists;
– Vera Vasilieva provides an update on the case of Aleksei Pichugin;
– Genri Reznik on the case of journalist Ivan Safronov;
– Albert Speransky on aspects of trade unionism in Russia today;
– Memorial Human Rights Centre on the case of Emil Ziyadinov.

This week’s blogs:

– Simon Cosgrove looks back at events of the past week in Russia. 

We hope you enjoy this Weekly Update.

If you would like to contribute in any way to our work, please get in touch by email [email protected]. And if you would like to make a donation to support our work you can do so here.

Thank you

Rights in Russia