Person of the Week: Prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny

Week-ending 17 September 2021 This week, on 13 September in a social media post written from prison, Aleksei Navalny called on Russians to vote tactically to maximise the vote against…

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CSO of the Week: The Smart Voting Project

Week-ending 10 September 2021 On 6 September 2021 the Russian authorities blocked a website that promotes Smart Voting - "умное голосование" - a project organised by those who support the…

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Grigory Melkonyants: The Central Election Commission cancels live video broadcasts from polling stations

14 July 2021 by Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of Golos, a movement for the defence of voters' rights and winner of the Moscow Helsinki Group award Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [Original Source : facebook.com/grigory.melkonyants,]…

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Igor Yakovenko: ‘Scorched earth’ tactics

16 July 2021 By Igor Yakovenko Source: Ezhednevnyi zhurnal  The internet publication Proekt has been labelled an undesirable organisation. The Institute of Law and Public Policy has been labelled a…

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Person of the Week: Ilya Yashin steps down as chair of local assembly as a result of pressure from the authorities

Week-ending 16 July 2021 Photo: Facebook On 12 July 2021 Moscow opposition municipal deputy Ilya Yashin said he was stepping down as chair of the municipal assembly on account of…

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Grigory Melkonyants on why nine million Russians can’t be elected

22 June 2021 by Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the electoral rights defence movement Golos [Voice] and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы]…

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Lev Ponomarev: Either monitor the elections or witness a disaster

27 June 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights defender and member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] “THIS MESSAGE (MATERIAL) IS CREATED AND DISTRIBUTED…

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Law of the Week: Duma adopts three bills restricting participation in public life and toughening existing legislation on ‘undesirable’ organisations.

Week-ending 21 May 2021 On 18 May the State Duma passed three bills that would bar individuals who have supported civil society and religious organizations declared extremist or terrorist from…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs into law a bill on ‘foreign agent’ electoral candidates

Week-ending 23 April 2021 This week President Putin signed into law a bill requiring electoral candidates who receive financial support from abroad to label themselves as 'foreign agents.' Candidates affiliated…

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CSO of the Week: League of Voters designated a ‘foreign agent’ NGO

Week-ending 30 October 2020 The League of Voters was added this week to the list of so-called 'foreign agent' NGOs. Accoкding to the Ministry of Justice's website, the NGO received…

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