On the death of Mikhail Gorbachev – Statement by the initiators of the Andrei Sakharov Movement for Peace, Progress and Human Rights

Lev Ponomarev Boris Altshuler Svetlana Astrakhantseva Valery Borshchev 1 September 2022 Statement by the initiators of the Andrei Sakharov Movement for Peace, Progress and Human Rights Gorbachev, Sakharov and our…

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Ilya Shablinsky: “Our law enforcement structures […] no longer feel bound by any restrictions, or even the Constitution.” [Nezavisimaya gazeta]

12 May 2022 by Ekaterina Trifonova, 'Stamped “official use only,” Constitution and laws change: The Russian citizen has been transformed from a subject of the law to an object of…

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Valery Borshchev on the new internal rules for prisons: “The bad habits that go with the profession and the repressive mindset of prison officers are such that they are unlikely to endeavour to comply with the new rules”

Valery Borshchev 31 March 2022  by Ekaterina Trifonova, correspondent for Nezavisimaya gazeta Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Nezavisimaya gazeta, 31 March 2022] Prisoners will hope for the best where…

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“Опять двадцать пять!” Bill Bowring asks Valery Borshchev 25 questions

Professor Bill Bowring’s guest this week on “25 Questions” is Valery Borshchev, a human rights activist and head of the Social Partnership Foundation, based in Moscow. Valery Borshchev is also…

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Valery Borshchev on the sudden dismissal of the head of Federal Penitentiary Service: “Torture has become systemic.”

Co-chairman of Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), Valery Borshchev. 25 November 2021 Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Национальная служба новостей] After Kalashnikov's dismissal there’s hope that the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN)…

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Valery Borshchev: “Everyone agrees that the elections were rigged. It’s clear that the West had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

25 September 2021 A VoA article quoting Valery Borshchev (pictured left) Source:  Moscow Helsinki Group (original source: Voice of America Russian Service) Andrei Klimov, head of the interim Commission of…

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Congress of the Intelligentsia: “30 years ago, freedom and democracy were defended”

21 July 2021 Picture: Valery Borshchev, co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, co-signatory of the following letter, member of the organising committee “30 years of the people’s victory over the…

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Valery Borshchev: Authoritarianism and media freedom are incompatible

5 July 2021 Pictured left: Valery Borshchev, co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Voice of America Russian Service] Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko are…

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Valery Borshchev: “According to my data, wages [of prisoners] are still low. There are constant complaints about this.”

27 May 2021 Prisoners are still receiving low wages, which is something many complain about, says Valery Borshchev, human rights defender and co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group. Source: Moscow…

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Valery Borshchev on the dangers of broadening the legal interpretation of treason against the state

2 March 2021 Pictured is co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Valery Borshchev Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Национальная служба новостей]   Sergei Mironov, leader of the 'A Just…

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