Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina, director of AI’s Moscow office: “We call on the Russian authorities to immediately drop all charges against Yulia Tsvetkova.”

Week-ending 9 April 2021 “This absurdity has lasted almost a year and a half. A woman has been criminally charged with ‘producing pornography’ simply for drawing and publishing images of…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina, director of AI’s Moscow office: “We call on the Russian authorities to immediately drop all charges against Yulia Tsvetkova.”

Quote for the Week. Agnès Callamard, Secretary General, Amnesty International: Aleksei Navalny “should not be detained […], he should not have been charged, and certainly not [poisoned].”

Week-ending 26 March 2021 Source: Wikipedia “What he [Aleksei Navalny] uttered in 2011 has no bearing on the fact that he should not be detained where he is, he should…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Agnès Callamard, Secretary General, Amnesty International: Aleksei Navalny “should not be detained […], he should not have been charged, and certainly not [poisoned].”

Quote for the Week. “We call on the Russian Federation’s authorities to immediately release Aleksei Navalny and all those arbitrarily arrested in connection with the peaceful protests” – Amnesty International and seven other leading human rights organisations address UN Human Rights Council

Week-ending 19 March 2021 "We call on the Russian Federation’s authorities to respect the government’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and immediately release Aleksei…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. “We call on the Russian Federation’s authorities to immediately release Aleksei Navalny and all those arbitrarily arrested in connection with the peaceful protests” – Amnesty International and seven other leading human rights organisations address UN Human Rights Council

Pavel Chikov: Human rights as a concept are under attack

27 February 2021 by Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora International Human Rights Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Facebook] So, I'm going to write a rare provocative post.  It’s…

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Simon Cosgrove on Amnesty’s revocation of Navalny’s POC designation: A bad outcome for human rights

28 February 2021 By Simon Cosgrove Simon is chair of Rights in Russia but writes these comments in a personal capacity and they may not necessarily represent the views of the…

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Quote for the Week. “Russian authorities are systematically using the tools of the state to arbitrarily deprive citizens of liberty and curtail the exercise of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association” – Joint statement by Amnesty International and 84 other human rights organisations

Week-ending 12 February 2021 "We, the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to respond robustly to the recent crackdown by the Russian authorities on…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. “Russian authorities are systematically using the tools of the state to arbitrarily deprive citizens of liberty and curtail the exercise of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association” – Joint statement by Amnesty International and 84 other human rights organisations

Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina (Amnesty International): “Russian citizens must be able to exercise their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, on 31 January or whenever they choose – these are fundamental rights.”

Week-ending 29 January 2021 “The crackdown on dissent in Russia has become increasingly brutal – and desperate – even compared to vicious reprisals in recent years. The authorities appear shamelessly…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina (Amnesty International): “Russian citizens must be able to exercise their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, on 31 January or whenever they choose – these are fundamental rights.”

Marjorie Farquharson: Recruitment for the Moscow Information officer

This piece from March 1992 by Marjorie Farquharson was originally published on the website Marjorie and is republished here by kind permission. Press work is a natural and important part of the Moscow job,…

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Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina (Amnesty International): “Yan Sidorov should have never been imprisoned in the first place, and nothing will make up for the years he has spent behind bars.”

Week-ending 23 October 2020 Natalia Zviagina “Yan Sidorov should have never been imprisoned in the first place, and nothing will make up for the years he has spent behind bars.…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina (Amnesty International): “Yan Sidorov should have never been imprisoned in the first place, and nothing will make up for the years he has spent behind bars.”