Legal Case of the Week: Human rights defender Semyon Simonov convicted and sentenced to 250 hours of community service under the ‘foreign agent’ law.

Week-ending 16 July 2021 On 12 July 2021 human rights defender Semyon Simonov was convicted by a court in Sochi under the 'foreign agent' law for an unpaid fine imposed…

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Legal Case of the Week: Simferopol court extends pre-trial detention of journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko

Week-ending 9 July 2021 Photo of Vladyslav Yesypenko via Human Rights in Ukraine - 'From the first FSB video' On 6 July 2021 a court in Simferopol, Crimea, extended the…

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Legal Case of the Week: Two Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to long prison terms

Week-ending 2 July 2021 Source: RFE/RL On 30 June 2021 Blagoveshchensk City Court in Amur region sentenced two Jehovah's Witnesses, Dmitry Golik and Aleksei Berchuk, to prison terms of seven…

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Legal Case of the Week: Two members of Pussy Riot sentenced to 15 days in jail

Week-ending 25 June 2021 Pussy Riot in 2021. Photo: Wikipedia On 23 June 2021 Aleksandr Sofeev, a member of Pussy Riot, was sentenced to 15 days in jail for 'minor…

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Legal Case of the Week: Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to six years in prison in Krasnoyarsk region

Week-ending 18 June 2021 On 17 June a court in Krasnoyarsk region sentenced a Jehovah's Witness (unnamed in the reports) to six years in prison for organising the activities of…

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Legal Case of the Week: Andrei Pivovarov charged under ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 11 June 2021 This week Andrei Pivovarov, former executive director of the Open Russia movement, was charged with failing to provide authorities with information about Open Russia after it…

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Legal Case of the Week: Dmitry Gudkov arrested, his home searched and released without charge

Week-ending 4 June 2021 Photo of Dmitry Gudkov: Wikipedia On 1 June 2021 Russian opposition politician and former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov was arrested, his dacha was searched. On…

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Legal Case of the Week: Nikolai Platoshkin convicted on ‘absurd’ charges

Week-ending 21 May 2021 YouTube On 19 May 2021 Nikolai Platoshkin, a former diplomat and prominent academic, video blogger and opposition activist designated by Amnesty International as a prisoner of…

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Legal Case of the Week: Former mayor of Ekaterinburg Evgeny Roizman convicted of ‘organising an unsanctioned event’

Week-ending 14 May 2021 Evgeny Roizman. Source: Wikipedia On 11 May 2021 the former mayor of Ekaterinburg, Evgeny Roizman, was sentenced to nine days in jail for 'organising an unsanctioned…

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