“If you’re afraid of criminal charges, you can’t live in Russia.” Oleg Roldugin, editor-in-chief of Sobesednik, on how the issue with Navalny was seized  and why the last independent publication in Russia has still not been shut down [Spektr.press]

The latest issue of Sobesednik came out with a photo of Aleksei Navalny, after which its print run was confiscated. Photo: Vk.com 4 March 2024 by Andrei Presnyakov  Source: Spektr.press…

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Important Stories. The Russian Army in Ukraine is accused of destroying archives on Soviet and Nazi crimes [Spektr.press]

Soldiers of the Red Army and Wehrmacht during a joint parade in Polish Brest on 22 September 1939. Source: WikiMedia Commons 4 December 2023 Russian soldiers are destroying or stealing…

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Galina Arapova: ‘We still go to court to defend media workers because the right to freedom of expression needs defending.’ [Spektr]

28 March 2023 Galina Arapova, director of the Mass Media Defence Centre and a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group member Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Spektr] A year has…

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‘A list of enemies of the people.’ Now anyone can become a foreign agent in Russia. An interview with Galina Arapova [Radio Svoboda]

28 April 2022 Extracts from an interview with media lawyer Galina Arapova by  Alina Pinchuk and Liubov Chizhova Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Radio Svoboda] A comprehensive register of foreign…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Power of Propaganda

2 May 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Former Soviet political prisoner Russian journalist Aleksandr Podrabinek analyzes the power of Kremlin propaganda that very much resembles George Orwell's Ministry of Truth from…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek on the closure of Deutsche Welle: ‘A pretence of equality’

15 February 2022 By Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Radio Svoboda The upcoming visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Moscow is, of course, primarily concerned with the threat of Russian aggression against…

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Aleksei Simonov: ‘What they’ve given Muratov is a lifebelt.  Maybe he doesn’t need it, but this is high recognition of his worth.’

8 October 2021 Radio Svoboda speaks with Aleksei Simonov, president of the Glasnost Defense Foundation and member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, who has called the decision of the Nobel…

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Quote for the Week: “Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy” – The Nobel Peace Prize Committee

Week-ending 8 October 2021 "The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of…

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“These protests are extremely important and necessary.” Vyacheslav Bakhmin on the journalists’ protests against the ‘foreign agent’ law.

8 September 2021 Pictured: Vyacheslav Bakhmin, co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Русская служба «Голоса Америки»] On 8 September, the International Day of Solidarity of…

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CSO of the Week: More than 150 media outlets and NGOs launch campaign for repeal of ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 17 September 2021 Screen shot from the website of the Ministry of Justice On 14 September 2021 more than 150 media outlets and NGOs launched a campaign for the repeal…

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