Viktor Kogan-Yasny: Russia’s church tradition essentially rejects humanism

26 March 2022 A few thoughts, not drawn from books (from my Vkontakte feed) by Viktor Kogan-Yasny Russia’s church tradition, enveloped in Soviet education and a post-Soviet matrix of pronounced…

Continue ReadingViktor Kogan-Yasny: Russia’s church tradition essentially rejects humanism

ECtHR hands down eleven rulings with regard to Russia finding violations of nine Convention articles, including ‘Tunikova and Others v. Russia’ on domestic violence

Week-ending 17 December 2021 This week the European Court of Human Rights handed down eleven rulings with regard to Russia finding violations of Convention Articles 2 (right to life), 3…

Continue ReadingECtHR hands down eleven rulings with regard to Russia finding violations of nine Convention articles, including ‘Tunikova and Others v. Russia’ on domestic violence

Legal Case of the Week: Jehovah’s Witness charged with extremism acquitted by court in Vladivostok

Week-ending 26 November 2021 On 22 November 2021 a court in Vladivostok acquitted Dmitry Barmakin, a Jehovah's Witness, of charges of extremism in the first such acquittal for a member…

Continue ReadingLegal Case of the Week: Jehovah’s Witness charged with extremism acquitted by court in Vladivostok

Law of the Week: Anti-extremism legislation used to suppress freedoms of association, expression and conscience

Wee-ending 19 November 2021 The Russian legislation on extremism has been used, among other things, to prosecute Jehovah's Witnesses and to outlaw organisations supporting Aleksei Navalny. This week Fedor Telin,…

Continue ReadingLaw of the Week: Anti-extremism legislation used to suppress freedoms of association, expression and conscience

They are not extremists! Statement by the Yakunin Committee in Defence of Jehovah’s Witnesses

8 November 2021 Pictured: Lev Levinson, member of the Public Committee on Freedom of Conscience (The Yakunin Committee), expert at the Institute of Human Rights, head of the Library of…

Continue ReadingThey are not extremists! Statement by the Yakunin Committee in Defence of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Law of the Week: Jehovah’s Witnesses, designated ‘extremist’ since 2017

Week-ending 29 October 2021 In 2017 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation designated Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organisation, banning the faith's organisations in Russia. Since then scores of…

Continue ReadingLaw of the Week: Jehovah’s Witnesses, designated ‘extremist’ since 2017

Law of the Week: Igor Kalyapin fined under law on ‘undesirable foreign organisations’

Week-ending 24 September 2021 On 17 September 2021 a district court in Nizhny Novgorod convicted human rights defender Igor Kalyapin of 'participation in the activities of an undesirable organization' under…

Continue ReadingLaw of the Week: Igor Kalyapin fined under law on ‘undesirable foreign organisations’

Legal Case of the Week: Four Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to long terms in prison.

Week-ending 24 September 2021 On 23 September 2021 a district court in Volgograd sentenced four Jehovah’s Witnesses to more than six years in prison each on charges of extremism. Valery…

Continue ReadingLegal Case of the Week: Four Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to long terms in prison.

Memorial Human Rights Centre: 127 more Jehovah’s Witnesses are political prisoners or victims of politically motivated prosecutions

12 August 2021 Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized an additional 36 Jehovah's Witnesses as political prisoners and a further 91 Jehovah's Witnesses as victims of politically motivated prosecutions. Source:…

Continue ReadingMemorial Human Rights Centre: 127 more Jehovah’s Witnesses are political prisoners or victims of politically motivated prosecutions

Legal Case of the Week: Three Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to long terms in prison for their faith

Week-ending 30 July 2021 https://memohrc.org/ru/news_old/v-rostove-na-donu-troim-svidetelyam-iegovy-dali-za-veru-sroki-ot-shesti-do-shesti-sPhoto: Memorial Human Rights Centre On 29 July 2021 a court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced three Jehovah's Witnesses to terms in prison for organising the activities of…

Continue ReadingLegal Case of the Week: Three Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to long terms in prison for their faith