Moscow PEN Centre: Statement about the attacks on Novaya gazeta and Elena Milashina

17 April 2020 Source: PEN Moscow Moscow PEN Centre and the Free Word Association add their voices to the statement issued by the Union of Journalists and Media Workers. Statement…

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Dmitry Bykov: A First Pardon by the Authorities and a Last Chance for Solidarity

14 April 2020 Dmitry Bykov, writer, poet, journalist Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Ekho Moskvy] The State Duma and the Federation Council have supported the idea of a broad amnesty…

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Quote for the Week. Gulnoza Said: ‘Russian federal authorities should ensure the safety of Elena Milashina and her colleagues at Novaya Gazeta. Condemning Ramzan Kadyrov’s verbal attacks and opening an investigation would be the first steps for authorities to show they are taking this situation seriously.’

Week-ending 17 April 2020 Photo: CPJ website Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator: 'Journalists are already facing immense danger in covering the COVID-19 pandemic, and should not…

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Quote for the Week. Ramzan Kadyrov: ‘I’ll take a club to those who need it. I’ll throw them in prison and put them underground, but I will protect my people.’

Week-ending 17 April 2020 Ramzan Kadyrov. By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, Wikipedia Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya: 'I’d rather hit one person than bury thousands. That’s why I’m taking harsh measures.…

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Valery Borshchev et al: Open Letter on the necessity of an amnesty and the release of people in custody in connection with the emergency

6 April 2020 Pictured (left): Valery Borshchev, co-chair of Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source:  Ekho Moskvy] OPEN LETTER The pandemic has posed a serious threat to…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: A further 130 Jehovah’s Witnesses are victims of politically-motivated prosecutions

9 April 2020 Source: Memorial Human Rights Centre More than 330 Jehovah’s Witnesses have now been subject to prosecution.  Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognised 24 Jehovah’s Witnesses as political…

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Team 29: 👀 Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you…and your social media accounts, too

11 April 2020 Hi.  It’s Tanya Torocheshnikova, and this is my letter to you from Moscow, which may soon be shut down – or it won’t.  And then the contents…

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