Person of the Week: Prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny

Week-ending 17 September 2021 This week, on 13 September in a social media post written from prison, Aleksei Navalny called on Russians to vote tactically to maximise the vote against…

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Person of the Week: Artist Ilya Pershin given three-year sentence for alleged assault on a police officer at a peaceful protest in support of Navalny

Week-ending 10 September 2021 Ilya Pershin. Photo by David Frenkel / Mediazona On 6 September 2021 a court in St. Petersburg sentenced artist Ilya Pershin to three years in a…

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Person of the Week: Comedian Idrak Mirzalizade banned from Russia for life

Week-ending 3 September 2021 Idrak Mirzalizade, June 2021. © Idrak Mirzalizade/YouTube via Human Rights Watch This week Russia banned stand-up comedian, Idrak Mirzalizade, from Russia for life on account of a…

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Person of the Week: Aleksandr Gabyshev confined to psychiatric hospital

Week-ending 30 July 2021 On 26 July 2021 Yakutsk city court ruled that Aleksandr Gabyshev, a shaman who has been stopped several times by police as he walked to Moscow…

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Person of the Week: Ilya Yashin steps down as chair of local assembly as a result of pressure from the authorities

Week-ending 16 July 2021 Photo: Facebook On 12 July 2021 Moscow opposition municipal deputy Ilya Yashin said he was stepping down as chair of the municipal assembly on account of…

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Person of the Week: Ravil Mingazov, facing forced repatriation to Russia and a ‘substantial risk of torture’

Week-ending 9 July 2021 Photo source: The Guardian Ravil Mingazov, a Muslim Tartar who spent 15 years without charge in Guantánamo Bay prison camp before being transferred to the United Arab…

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Person of the Week: Andrei Pivovarov fined for violating ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 25 June 2021 On 23 June 2021 Andrei Pivovarov, former head of the Open Russia movement, was fined 50,000 roubles for violation of the 'foreign agent' law. He remains…

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Person of the Week: Khalimat Taramova, forcibly taken by Chechen police from a women’s shelter in Dagestan

Week-ending 18 June 2021 On 10 June Khalimat Taramova, the daughter of an associate of Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was forcibly taken by police from a shelter for battered women…

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