‘Silence is now unacceptable.’ Leonid Nikitinsky on why the statement from former members of the Presidential Council of Human Rights on the liquidation of the Moscow Helsinki Group is so important

26 January 2023 Leonid Nikitinsky, columnist for Novaya Gazeta, candidate in legal sciences, Moscow Helsinki Prize laureate Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Свободное пространство] For those in the know, the…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: On draft legislation denouncing a number of European conventions

19 January 2023 The president has proposed that the Duma denounce several European conventions. To what end—no one understands. Except maybe on principle. by Leonid Nikitinsky, columnist for Novaya gazeta…

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Leonid Nikitinsky on reactions to the treatment of Aleksei Navalny: Conscience is an intimate matter. Honour is always in view.

17 January 2023 The open letter from lawyers in Navalny’s defence is not addressed to the president—it is a call to their guild colleagues by Leonid Nikitinsky, columnist for Novaya…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: The Moscow Helsinki Group’s impending liquidation is the sad but logical result of attitudes toward human rights in the Russian Federation [Novaya gazeta]

20 December 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, journalist,  doctor of jurisprudence, and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group human rights prize. Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Novaya Gazeta. Europe] There is…

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‘Knowledge of the law is no help here, for such is the “law”’ – Leonid Nikitinsky on how ‘foreign agent’ lawyers operate in Russia

29 November 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, journalist, PhD in law, and Moscow Helsinki Group prize winner Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Novaya Gazeta. Europe] Ahead of the 1 December entry…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: Kant and his accomplices. A story about two lawyers from Kaliningrad Oblast and their clients who have no wish to be silent and pretend

18 October 2022 Leonid Nikitinsky, Novaya Gazeta correspondent,  doctor of jurisprudence, and laureate of the MKhG [Moscow Helsinki Group] human rights prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source:  Free Space]…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: Lawyers consider how to respond to the Moscow military officer who threatened them with prosecution for helping people evade enlistment

25 September 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, journalist, Ph. D. in Law, winner of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Новая газета. Европа] On Friday, September 23,…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: A Fake Verdict. What Investigative Committee chair Aleksandr Bastrykin said in support of those prosecuted under Article 207.3 of the Russian Criminal Code [Novaya gazeta]

9 July 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, journalist, PhD in law, laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group’s prize for human rights Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Новая газета. Европа] The first…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: Sentences, yes; words, no. Russian lawmakers lay more mines across the field of law―to put away anyone prepared to call things by their proper names

29 June 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, PhD (Law), journalist, laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Новая газета. Европа] A la guerre comme à la guerre:…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: The Swan Song of the European Court of Human Rights – the Strasbourg Court’s decision on the complaints from ‘foreign agent’ NGOs was both an encyclopedia of state tyranny and a collection of amusing stories from Russian ‘legal life’

16 June 2022 by Leonid Nikitinsky, journalist, doctor of jurisprudence, and laureate of the MKhG [Moscow Helsinki Group] human rights prize, special to Novaya Gazeta. Europe Source: Moscow Helsinki Group…

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