Aleksei Simonov: ‘What they’ve given Muratov is a lifebelt.  Maybe he doesn’t need it, but this is high recognition of his worth.’

8 October 2021 Radio Svoboda speaks with Aleksei Simonov, president of the Glasnost Defense Foundation and member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, who has called the decision of the Nobel…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: The Federal Security Service creates yet another “foreign agent” category – ‘military secret.’

 1 October 2021 by Leonid Nikitinsky, Novaya Gazeta correspondent, member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civil Society (SPCh), laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize for Human…

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Law of the Week: ‘Foreign agent’ law used to brand three organisations and nine individuals as ‘foreign agents’

Week-ending 8 October 2021 This week the 'foreign agent' law was used to brand three organisations and nine individuals as 'foreign agents'. The organisations are the investigative group Bellingcat, which…

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Quote for the Week: “Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy” – The Nobel Peace Prize Committee

Week-ending 8 October 2021 "The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom 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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“These protests are extremely important and necessary.” Vyacheslav Bakhmin on the journalists’ protests against the ‘foreign agent’ law.

8 September 2021 Pictured: Vyacheslav Bakhmin, co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Русская служба «Голоса Америки»] On 8 September, the International Day of Solidarity of…

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Maria Alekhina: I have been sentenced to one year’s “restriction of freedom.” Here is my final address to the court at my trial…

10 September 2021 by Maria Alekhina, civil society activist, human rights defender Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Echo Moskvy] The prosecution for violating Sanitary and Epidemiological Rules (Article 236 of…

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CSO of the Week: More than 150 media outlets and NGOs launch campaign for repeal of ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 17 September 2021 Screen shot from the website of the Ministry of Justice On 14 September 2021 more than 150 media outlets and NGOs launched a campaign for the repeal…

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Law of the Week: Four more media outlets designated under the ‘foreign agent’ law.

Week-ending 10 September 2021 On 4 September 2021 the Russian ministry of justice designated four more media outlets as 'foreign agents'. These were: Altair 2021 LLC, Vega 2021 LLC, Editor-in-Chief…

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