Galina Arapova on the dawn of ‘neo-censorship’: the pressure on Russian journalism and the new law on out-of-court blocking

8 July 2021 an interview with Galina Arapova director of the Mass Media Defence Centre and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group human rights award by Novaya Gazeta correspondent Daria…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Oleg Makurin, convicted for a post on the internet about attacks on the FSB, is the victim of a politically motivated prosecution

15 July 2021 Oleg Makurin was fined 300,000 roubles for public justification of terrorism Source: Memorial Human Rights Centre Memorial Human Rights Centre, in accordance with international guidelines, considers the…

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This week the ECtHR handed down two judgments in relation to Russia finding violations of Convention Article 10 and Article 2 of Protocol No. 7. The ECtHR also asked Russia not to extradite Aleksei Kudin to Belarus; the Russian authorities nevertheless deported him.

Week-ending 23 July 2021 This week there were two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights in relation to Russia, finding violations of Article 10 (freedom of expression) and…

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Law of the Week: Law on ‘undesirable foreign organisations’

Week-ending 23 July 2021 The impact of the law on 'undesirable foreign organisations' has continued to be felt this week. The association of human rights lawyers and activists Team 29…

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Law of the Week: Law on ‘disrespecting authority’ prompts political commentator Fedor Krasheninnkov to remain abroad.

Week-ending 16 July 2021 On 12 July 2021 prominent columnist from Ekaterinburg, Fedor Krasheninnikov, said he was in Vilnius and intended to remain there for the coming time. Krasheninnikov had…

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CSO of the Week: Russian authorities designate Proekt Media an ‘undesirable foreign organisation’

Week-ending 16 July 2021 On 15 July Russia designated the independent investigative media outlet Proekt as an 'undesirable' organisation and labelled a number of the group's journalists as 'foreign agents.'…

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Quote for the Week: “Amnesty International is calling on the Russian authorities to stop criminal prosecution of Ernest Mezak as it is unfounded” – Amnesty International

Week-ending 16 July 2021 'Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the criminal prosecution of Ernest Mezak, a prominent human rights defender from Syktyvkar, Republic of Komi. On 25 June, investigators…

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Valery Borshchev: Authoritarianism and media freedom are incompatible

5 July 2021 Pictured left: Valery Borshchev, co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Voice of America Russian Service] Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko are…

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Galina Arapova on the investigation into the Proekt journalists: ‘A new interpretation of the statute of limitations’.

29 June 2021 An interview with Galina Arapova, director of the Mass Media Defence Centre Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: МБХ медиа] The searches of staff of Proekt Media carried…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs into force a new law further criminalising activities of ‘undesirable’ organisations

Week-ending 2 July 2021 On 28 June 2021 President Putin signed into law a bill further criminalising participation in the activities of 'undesirable' foreign nongovernmental organisations. The bill provides for…

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