Igor Kalyapin: Why is it vitally important to introduce the specific crime of torture into the Criminal Code? I answer this question at today’s Moscow Helsinki Group conference

11 December 2021 by Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee against Torture, member of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council, and winner of the MHG award for the protection of…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Prisoner’s Reply

15 December 2021 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Grani.ru The intense public reaction to torture in Russian prisons and prison camps has reverberated in the prisoner world in a somewhat unusual…

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ECtHR hands down eleven rulings with regard to Russia finding violations of nine Convention articles, including ‘Tunikova and Others v. Russia’ on domestic violence

Week-ending 17 December 2021 This week the European Court of Human Rights handed down eleven rulings with regard to Russia finding violations of Convention Articles 2 (right to life), 3…

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Lev Ponomarev: Human Rights Day. Save Russia from shame

8 December 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights defender, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, head of the civil human rights project For Human Rights Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original…

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Members of the Human Rights Council will ask Putin to change legislation in the field of combating torture

2 December 2021 Pictured left: Eva Merkacheva, member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights, Moskovsky komsomolets journalist, laureate of a Moscow Helsinki Group award for human rights Source: Moscow…

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Lev Ponomarev: A system gone rogue. Will Zuyev be killed? Will torture continue?

6 December 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights activist, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group and director of the civil society project For Human Rights Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original…

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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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Lev Ponomarev: Bastrykin…, Kalashnikov is gone. Memorial* hasn’t been destroyed yet.

30 November 2021 by Lev Ponomarev, human rights activist, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, head of the civic human rights project For Human Rights Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original…

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Valery Borshchev on the sudden dismissal of the head of Federal Penitentiary Service: “Torture has become systemic.”

Co-chairman of Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), Valery Borshchev. 25 November 2021 Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Национальная служба новостей] After Kalashnikov's dismissal there’s hope that the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN)…

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This week in five rulings the ECtHR found Russia in violation of Convention Articles 3, 5, 10, 13, 34 and Article 2 of Protocol No. 4.

Week-ending 3 December 2021 This week the European Court of Human Rights handed down five judgments in relation to Russia, finding violations of Convention Articles 3 (prohibition of torture), 5…

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