Law of the Week: Russia bans non-state-approved educational activities and bars members and supporters of ‘extremist’ organisations from standing in elections

Week-ending 4 June 2021 On 1 June 2021 a law on educational activities and cooperation with foreign academics came into force in Russia giving government authorities to power to permit…

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An interview with Aleksandr Bekhtold: ‘Why Russian officials don’t need pictures of human rights defenders on billboards’ [7×7]

19 January 2021 Ekaterina Vulikh talks with Aleksandr Bekhtold, a human rights defender from Ryazan, for 7x7 Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: интернет-журнал «7х7»] ‘Our government, by definition, is a…

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Statement: Russian educators oppose law on educational activities

19 January 2021 Pictured: Sergei Lukashevsky, director of the Sakharov Centre and member of Moscow Helsinki Group. Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Colta.ru] The founders and leaders of 17 independent…

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Podcast No. 48. Simon & Sergei with Sofiya Ivanova, human rights activist in Ryazan

This week our guest on our podcast is Sofiya Yurievna Ivanova. Sofiya is a human rights activist in Ryazan, where she grew up and graduated from the Lomonosov Pedagogical Institute.…

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