OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 280: Human Rights Council – propagandists instead of human rights activists

19 November 2022 OVD-Info is a Moscow-based NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests and prosecutions in Russia. Each week OVD-Info publishes a bulletin with the latest news, which is translated here. To receive…

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Attempt to reverse liquidation of Memorial unsuccessful [Kommersant]

9 November 2022 by Aleksei Sviridov & Maria Starikova  Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Коммерсантъ] For the third time, Memorial Human Rights Centre failed in its appeal against the earlier…

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OVD-Info: UN calls on Russia to repeal laws on ‘foreign agents’, ‘fake news’, and discrediting the Army

4 November 2022 Source: OVD-Info The UN Human Rights Committee (UN HRC) has published its concluding observations on the human rights situation in Russia, in which it called for the…

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A new stage of repression: Ekaterina Schulmann on the Kremlin’s changing approach to silencing dissent [Meduza]

18 July 2022 On July 15, a judge in Komsomolsk-on-Amur acquitted artist and LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova after three years of legal proceedings. Tsvetkova was accused of “distributing pornography” after she published drawings of…

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Leonid Gozman: “Your Honour, the current leadership is already doomed”  

30 June 2022 On 30 June, in Zamoskvoretsky District Court, Moscow, Leonid Gozman pursued Russia’s Ministry of Justice, which not long before had designated him a ‘foreign agent’. We report…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: Sentences, yes; words, no. Russian lawmakers lay more mines across the field of law―to put away anyone prepared to call things by their proper names

29 June 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, PhD (Law), journalist, laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Новая газета. Европа] A la guerre comme à la guerre:…

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Sergei Babinets: In the light of recent events […] there will be no payments, naturally, just as there will be no changes when it comes to liberalizing legislation on civil society organizations

14 June 2022 by Sergei Babinets, a human rights lawyer who until recently was chair person of the Committee Against Torture. He currently heads the Team against Torture Source: Facebook…

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Sergei Babinets: Evidently, the regime is signaling that torture is becoming (or has become) a part of state policy and is not a problem

12 June 2022 by Sergei Babinets, a human rights lawyer who until recently was chair person of the Committee Against Torture. He currently heads the Team against Torture Facebook, 12…

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An interview with Lev Ponomarev: ‘The skin we have that stops us becoming beasts is too thin’ [Cherta]

12 May 2022 Lev Ponomarev in conversation with Irina Snegovskaya. An extract from 'У людей слишком тонкая кожа, спасающая человека от зверя,' Cherta, 12 May 2022. Source: Moscow Helsinki Group…

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‘A list of enemies of the people.’ Now anyone can become a foreign agent in Russia. An interview with Galina Arapova [Radio Svoboda]

28 April 2022 Extracts from an interview with media lawyer Galina Arapova by  Alina Pinchuk and Liubov Chizhova Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Radio Svoboda] A comprehensive register of foreign…

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