Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina, director of AI’s Moscow office: “We call on the Russian authorities to immediately drop all charges against Yulia Tsvetkova.”

Week-ending 9 April 2021 “This absurdity has lasted almost a year and a half. A woman has been criminally charged with ‘producing pornography’ simply for drawing and publishing images of…

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CSO of the Week: Ultranationalists disrupt Artdocfest in Moscow

Week-ending 9 April 2021 Artdocfest is a documentary film festival run by the organisers of the non-fiction films National Award Laurel Branch (ANO Laurel Award) and Vitaly Mansky. This week supporters of separatists…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: The ‘grandfathers’ took offence. On why the propaganda amendments to the Criminal Code about ‘humiliation of veterans’ are dangerous.

18 March 2021 by Leonid Nikitinsky, columnist for Novaya Gazeta, member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, winner of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize Source: Moscow…

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Legal Case of the Week: Jehovah’s Witness in Crimea sentenced to six and a half years in prison

Week-ending 2 April 2021 This week a court in Crimea, annexed by Russia, jailed Viktor Stashevsky, a Jehovah's Witness, for six and a half years for organising the activities of…

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Legal Case of the Week: Pussy Riot members facing two years in prison for Instagram posts
Marija Aljochina auf der re:publica 2015 am 05.05.2015 in Berlin..Copyright: re:publica/Gregor Fischer

Legal Case of the Week: Pussy Riot members facing two years in prison for Instagram posts

Week-ending 19 March 2021 Maria Alekhina. Copyright: re:publica/Gregor Fischer via Wikipedia Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Liudmila Shtein face up to two years in prison for Instagram posts demanding…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Novosibirsk activist Yana Drobnokhod is a political prisoner

9 March 2021 Yana Drobnokhod is being held on remand charged under the so-called ‘Dadin’ article of the Russian Criminal Code with taking part in peaceful protests in support of…

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Lev Ponomarev on the closing down of the movement For Human Rights: ‘I’m lucky I’m still alive.’

2 March 2021 Liubov Chizhova interviews Lev Ponomarev (pictured), human rights activist and member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Радио Свобода] Russian human rights…

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Law of the Week: Federal Law No. 149-FZ ‘On Information, Information Technology and the Protection of Information’

Week-ending 12 March 2021 On 10 March 2021 Roskomnadzor, the government's media watchdog, issued a statement saying that since 2017 Twitter had failed to delete content deemed by the Russian…

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Lev Ponomarev: “I am not tired. I am not going anywhere.”

2 March 2021 By Lev Ponomarev, human rights activist, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы, 2.03.2021] ‘THIS MESSAGE (MATERIAL) HAS BEEN CREATED AND…

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Law of the Week: Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation restricts freedoms of association and expression

Week-ending 5 March 2021 This week Lev Ponomarev announced that For Human Rights, the civil society organisation he has led since 1997, was closing down because of the new requirements…

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