Sergei Davidis: Ten years on from Bolotnaya

7 May 2022 By Sergei Davidis Source: Facebook Lots of people go back over the past, trying to reach a view on one thing or another with the benefit of…

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Grigory Melkonyants: On a bill on elections in wartime

10 March 2022 by Grigory Melkonyants Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Facebook] In December 2021, the State Duma passed a bill on the regulation of remote electronic voting. My…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: Public opinion in a dictatorship: Crimea, the Constitution, etc.

16 March 2022 by Viktor Kogan-Yasny, writer, political and civil society activist and commentator, advisor to the chair of the Yabloko party Analysing surveys of public opinion in a dictatorship…

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Arkady Liubarev: Is it impossible to fix an ineffectual, harmful and inhumane law?

3 February 2022 by Arkady Liubarev*, an expert on electoral law (included in the Russian Ministry of Justice’s register of individuals deemed to be media foreign agents) Source: Moscow Helsinki…

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Grigory Melkonyants: A decision for which we had to wait ten years

16 November 2021 by Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the Golos  movement for the defence of voters' rights and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Award Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original…

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Podcast No. 92. Simon & Sergei – with Grigory Melkonyants

Our guest this week on the podcast is Grigory Melkonyants. Grigory Melkonyants is a Russian human rights activist, lawyer and co-chair of Golos, the movement to protect voters' rights. This…

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Grigory Melkonyants on why Golos has been classified as a ‘foreign agent’

22 October 2021 by Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the Golos movement for the defence of voters’ rights, an independent election-monitoring organisation, and laureate of the prize of the Moscow Helsinki…

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Valery Borshchev: “Everyone agrees that the elections were rigged. It’s clear that the West had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

25 September 2021 A VoA article quoting Valery Borshchev (pictured left) Source:  Moscow Helsinki Group (original source: Voice of America Russian Service) Andrei Klimov, head of the interim Commission of…

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ECtHR Ruling of the Week: 12 Judgments finding violations by Russia

Week-ending 1 October 2021 This week the European Court of Human Rights handed down 13 judgments with regard to Russia, 12 of which found violations of Convention rights by the…

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