‘Who, if not us?’: Supporters of Russian political prisoner Yuri Dmitriev speak out

19 August 2021 by Natalia Shkurenok, a Saint-Petersburg based journalist, writing for The New Times, Snob, Colta, ArtNews Paper and Novaya Gazeta. Source: OpenDemocracy Republished by kind permission What makes…

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Sergei Lukashevsky on Vladimir Putin’s controversial article

15 July 2021 In the photo Sergei Lukashevsky, director of the Sakharov Center, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Russian Service “Voice of America”] The response…

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Quote for the Week. Halya Coynash: “There are strong grounds for linking the persecution of Dmitriev with attempts by the current Russian regime to whitewash the darkest pages of Soviet history.” 

Week-ending 30 July 2021 Yury Dmitriev "It is thanks to Dmitriev and his Memorial colleagues that thousands of Ukrainians, Russians and representatives of other nationalities have learned the fate of…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: Even a very small event in US-Russian relations today looks like a breakthrough

27 June 2021 by Viktor Kogan-Yasny The question that came up in Geneva, for me, is a very real one. When tension grows, grows and grows, it becomes practically inevitable…

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Vera Vasilieva on Aleksei Pichugin’s 18 years: the wrong sorts of changes

19 June 2021 by Vera Vasilieva, independent journalist, leader of Radio Svoboda's project Svoboda and Memorial, winner of the Moscow Helsinki Group prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Радио Свобода,…

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Simon Cosgrove reviews ‘The Dissidents’ by Peter Reddaway: ‘A profound tribute to the moral imperative to speak out in the name of truth and human rights in a repressive society.’

17 June 2021 By Simon Cosgrove Simon Cosgrove reviews The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990, by Peter Reddaway.  Brookings, 337 pp., 2020, ISBN: 9780815737735 The Dissidents is an absorbing memoir…

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Yury Samodurov: “My era has not fufilled its destiny”. With an introduction by Martin Dewhirst

7 June 2021 by Martin Dewhirst Over the years I have read many blogs by Yury Samodurov, but this was the first one that I felt should be made available…

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