Law of the Week: Article 236 of the Russian Criminal Code (Violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules)

Week-ending 3 September 2021 This week (on 30 August 2021) Article 236 of the Russian Criminal Code, 'Violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules', was used to sentence Moscow municipal lawmaker…

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Aleksandr Verkhovsky on how Russia fights extremism and xenophobia

17 June 2021 Radio Liberty interviews Aleksandr Verkhovsky, director of the Sova Centre Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Радио Свобода] Russia is fighting extremism and xenophobia with all its strength.…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Statement on the designation of civil society associations linked to Aleksei Navalny as extremist

11 June 2021 Statement by Memorial Human Rights Centre Source: Memorial Human Rights Centre Late on the evening of 9 June Judge Vyacheslav Polyga sitting in Moscow City Court designated…

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CSO of the Week: Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation declared ‘extremist’

Week-ending 11 June 2021 This week - on 9 June 2021 - three civil society organisations associated with jailed prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny were declared extremist and banned. The…

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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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Pavel Chikov: How politics became extremism. The evolution of the security forces’ understanding of extremist activities

26 April 2021 By Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora international human rights group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Проект] The legal action taken by the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office to…

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