Podcast No. 97. Simon & Sergei – with Konstantin Kotov

Photo by Natalya Demina (Наталья Дёмина) This week our guest on the podcast is Konstantin Aleksandrovich Kotov, a Russian computer programmer and civil society activist. In 2019 Konstantin Kotov was…

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Person of the Week: Oleg Kashintsev, Red Square pro-Navalny protester

Week-ending 24 December 2021  On 19 December 2021 Oleg Kashintsev, a retired Moscow police officer, was arrested after holding a single-person protest in Red Square to demand the release of…

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Person of the Week: Aleksei Navalny

Week-ending 10 December 2021 On 9 December a district court in Vladimir region held a preliminary hearing concerning prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny’s lawsuit against the administration of the prison where…

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Law of the Week: Jehovah’s Witnesses, designated ‘extremist’ since 2017

Week-ending 29 October 2021 In 2017 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation designated Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organisation, banning the faith's organisations in Russia. Since then scores of…

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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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Legal Case of the Week: Three Jehovah’s Witnesses fined for organising and financing an ‘extremist organisation’

Week-ending 23 July 2021 On 19 July 2021 a court in Kirov in the Urals district fined three Jehovah's Witnesses for organising and financing an extremist group. The Russian Supreme…

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Person of the Week: New charges laid against prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny

Week-ending 28 May 2021 This week three new charges were laid against Aleksei Navalny, recognised by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience 1) for theft of donations to the…

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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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