Semyon Simonov: The current government wants to have total control over all civic activity in the region.

13 July 2021 Andrei Krasno of Kavkaz.Realii in conversation with Semyon Simonov Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Кавказ.Реалии] On 12 July the magistrate of the 101st section of Central District…

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Ernest Mezak: The humiliated and the victorious

Photo of Ernest Mezak via Front Line Defenders 13 July 2021 By Ernest Mezak Source: Facebook Yesterday the Investigative Committee’s Syktyvkar Investigative Department formally accused me of disrespect for the…

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Valery Borshchev: Authoritarianism and media freedom are incompatible

5 July 2021 Pictured left: Valery Borshchev, co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Voice of America Russian Service] Vladimir Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko are…

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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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Lev Ponomarev: Either monitor the elections or witness a disaster

27 June 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights defender and member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] “THIS MESSAGE (MATERIAL) IS CREATED AND DISTRIBUTED…

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Lev Ponomarev: Only by our efforts can we end the practice of torture

22 June 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights activist, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] “THIS MESSAGE (MATERIAL) IS CREATED AND DISTRIBUTED BY…

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Aleksandr Verkhovsky on how Russia fights extremism and xenophobia

17 June 2021 Radio Liberty interviews Aleksandr Verkhovsky, director of the Sova Centre Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Радио Свобода] Russia is fighting extremism and xenophobia with all its strength.…

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Yuri Dzhibladze: “The Council of Europe must react to violations by members – starting with Russia” [OpenDemocracy]

24 June 2021 by Yury Dzhibladze, president of the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights (Moscow), a member of the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform,…

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Lev Ponomarev on the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia: “The whole world sees this tragic absurdity”

10 June 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights activist, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group - with a full translation of a letter from former prisoners of the Dachau concentration…

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Lev Ponomarev on the arrest of Dmitry Gudkov and the closing of Open Russia in the context of continuing pressure on the opposition

3 June 2021 An interview with Lev Ponomarev, human-rights activist and member of the Moscow Helsinki Group [pictured left] by Nikolai Vasilyev of Sobesednik. Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Sobesednik.ru]…

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