CSO of the Week: School of Civic Education – a member of the Council of Europe’s Association of Schools of Political Studies (the latter designated an ‘undesirable’ organisation in December 2020)

Week-ending 22 January 2021 The School of Civic Education is an independent educational project founded in 1992 by Elena Nemirovskaya and Yury Senokosov to advance the knowledge and values essential…

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CSO of the Week: Chistaya Urdoma ends protests after construction of Shiyes landfill site halted.

Wee-ending 15 January 2021 Source: StopShies On 9 January 2020, the Chistaya Urdoma activist group said that they would end their protests due to “the continued demolition and removal of materials” from…

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CSO of the Week: Bellingcat’s work raises questions over deaths of Timur Kuashev and Ruslan Magomedragimov

Week-ending 8 January 2021 Bellingcat is an investigative journalism website that specialises in fact-checking and open-source intelligence (OSINT) founded by Eliot Higgins in 2014. This week the Russian independent news website Caucasian Knot reported that travel…

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CSO of the Week: Nasiliu.net, a women’s rights organisation combating domestic violence designated a ‘foreign agent’ NGO

Week-ending 1 January 2020 On 29 December 2020 the Ministry of Justice designated the women's rights organisation Nasiliu.net, (Насилию.нет) that combats violence against women, a 'foreign agent' NGO. Nasiliu.net is…

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CSO of the Week: Stichting Justice Initiative, whose director has been given two weeks to leave Russia.

Week-ending 4 December 2020 Stichting Justice Initiative is an NGO that works to provide legal support to victims of human rights violations connected to armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations, torture…

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CSO of the Week: Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested, their properties searched, in 20 Russian regions

Week-ending 27 November 2020 This week the Investigative Committee arrested several Jehovah's Witnesses and conducted searches of their properties in more than 20 regions of Russia. A member of the…

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