CSO of the Week: Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation

Week-ending 3 December 2021 The banning and designation as 'extremist' of Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, along with other organisations associated with him, which Amnesty International has described as 'one of…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: The criminal case against Aleksei Navalny and his associates for organizing an ‘extremist group’ is politically motivated

29 October 2021 We believe the designation of the Anti-Corruption Foundation and other structures run by Navalny as extremist to be unlawful. The organizations did not violate Russian law. Source:…

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Law of the Week: Extremism legislation used to prosecute peaceful political opposition

Week-ending 26 November 2021 Anti-extremism legislation is being used to prosecute peaceful, political opposition activities. In particular, the designating of organisations as 'extremist' is used to bring politically motivated prosecutions…

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Legal Case of the Week: Jehovah’s Witness charged with extremism acquitted by court in Vladivostok

Week-ending 26 November 2021 On 22 November 2021 a court in Vladivostok acquitted Dmitry Barmakin, a Jehovah's Witness, of charges of extremism in the first such acquittal for a member…

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Law of the Week: Anti-extremism legislation used to suppress freedoms of association, expression and conscience

Wee-ending 19 November 2021 The Russian legislation on extremism has been used, among other things, to prosecute Jehovah's Witnesses and to outlaw organisations supporting Aleksei Navalny. This week Fedor Telin,…

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Legal Case of the Week: Liliya Chanyseva charged with ‘extremism’, remanded in custody

Week-ending 12 November 2021 teamchanysheva / facebook via The Moscow Times This week Liliya Chanysheva, who used to head the support group for Aleksei Navalny in the Bashkortostan region, was…

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Legal Case of the Week: Four Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to long terms in prison.

Week-ending 24 September 2021 On 23 September 2021 a district court in Volgograd sentenced four Jehovah’s Witnesses to more than six years in prison each on charges of extremism. Valery…

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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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