Lev Ponomarev: “I’m rubber and you’re glue; your words bounce off me and stick to you.” Extremists go after the Anti-Corruption Foundation.

19 April 2021 Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] Pictured left is Lev Ponomarev, human-rights activist, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group One of the authors of the text,…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs bill potentially enabling him to remain president until 2036

Week-ending 9 April 2021 This week President Putin, who is currently serving his fourth term as president of Russia, signed into force a law that allows him to stand for…

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Law of the Week: State Duma adopts bill making it possible for Vladimir Putin to stand for election as president in 2024 and 2030.

Week-ending 26 March 2021 On 24 March 2021 the State Duma approved in its third and final reading a bill making it possible for President Putin to stand for election…

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Remember the Date: 18 March 2014 – the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation

Map: Wikipedia On 18 March 2014 the Russian Federation formally annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. Ukraine considers the annexation a violation of international law and the event was condemned by…

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Knight of the 20th Century. Andrei Kovalev on the 90th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev

2 March 2021 By Andrei Kovalev. Andrei Kovalev worked for many years at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as a member of the secretariat of Soviet President…

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Podcast No. 60: Simon & Sergei – with Lev Shlosberg

This week our guest on the podcast is Lev Markovich Shlosberg. Lev Markovich is a Russian politician, a civil society and human rights activist, and a journalist. He is chair…

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Aleksandr Verkhovsky: “I hope they understand that you can’t just tighten the screws.”

7 February 2021 Kommersant's Olga Allenova interviews Aleksandr Verkhovsky, director of the Sova Centre Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Коммерсантъ] What will the winter protests and the police crackdown lead…

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Person of the Week: Aleksei Navalny announces he will return to Russia on 17 January 2021

Week-ending 15 January 2021 On 13 January 2021 Aleksei Navalny announced he would be returning to Russia on 17 January 2021. This week Russia’s Military Investigative Committee (a department subordinate…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: How the president reacts, or doesn’t, to human rights defenders.

11 December 2020 By Leonid Nikitinsky, Novaya gazeta columnist, member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize for the Protection of Human…

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