Write to Russia: Grigory Melkonyants – in custody for his work monitoring elections in Russia

Grigory Melkonyants has been held on remand since his arrest on 17 August 2023. He is co-chair of the civil society organisation Golos, an independent election watchdog, founded in 2000.…

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Grigory Melkonyants: “I received the trendiest new government service: an apartment search”

5 October 2022 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 It’s…

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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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In two rulings ECtHR finds violations of freedom of expression, liberty and security of person and binding force and execution of judgments

Week-ending 19 November 2021 In two judgments this week with regard to Russia the European Court of Human Rights found violations of Article 10 (freedom of expression), Article 5 (liberty…

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Law of the Week: ‘Foreign agent’ law applied to Golos, Rosbalt and Republic

Week-ending 22 October 2021 The Russian authorities continue to use the 'foreign agent' law as a repressive instrument against freedom of expression and association. This week a court dismissed a…

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New Golos report on election campaigning and the authorities’ mobilisation of the voters

14 September 2021 by Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of voters’ rights movement Golos and laureate of a Moscow-Helsinki Group award Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Facebook] An analytical report on election…

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Grigory Melkonyants on why nine million Russians can’t be elected

22 June 2021 by Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the electoral rights defence movement Golos [Voice] and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы]…

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CSO of the Week: Independent election monitor Golos.

Week-ending 26 March 2021 This week the independent election monitor Golos that was founded in 2002 expressed concern when its expert Vasily Weissenberg, an independent Russian journalist and elections expert,…

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