Quote for the Week. Petr Verzilov jailed for 15 days for allegedly swearing at a police officer: ‘We were in a situation of a classic police provocation.’

Week-ending 26 June 2020 Photo by Evgeniy Isaev (Moscow) via Wikipedia Petr Verzilov: 'The description of this situation leaves no doubt that we were in a situation of a classic…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Petr Verzilov jailed for 15 days for allegedly swearing at a police officer: ‘We were in a situation of a classic police provocation.’

Quote for the Week: Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director: ‘We join the Venice Commission in denouncing these [constitutional amendments] and calling for the Russian authorities to reconsider.’

Week-ending 19 June 2020 Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director: 'These constitutional amendments are an attempt by the Russian authorities to empower themselves to override ECtHR…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week: Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director: ‘We join the Venice Commission in denouncing these [constitutional amendments] and calling for the Russian authorities to reconsider.’

Quote for the Week. Amnesty International: ‘Human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his five co-defendants […] are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released and their sentences quashed.’

Week-ending 12 June 2020 Amnesty International: 'Human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his five co-defendants [...] were arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea, brought before a Russian military court, convicted under trumped-up…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Amnesty International: ‘Human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his five co-defendants […] are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released and their sentences quashed.’

Quote for the Week. Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: ‘In a shocking escalation of repression in occupied Crimea, a Russian-controlled court has revoked the fine imposed upon Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness Artem Gerasimov and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment.’

Wee-ending 5 June 2020 Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: 'In a shocking escalation of repression in occupied Crimea, a Russian-controlled court has revoked the fine imposed upon Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness Artem…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: ‘In a shocking escalation of repression in occupied Crimea, a Russian-controlled court has revoked the fine imposed upon Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness Artem Gerasimov and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment.’

Quote for the Week. Sixteen OSCE member states: ‘We will continue to raise our concerns with regard to the numerous credible allegations of ongoing serious human rights violations and abuses in Chechnya until we receive a substantive response from the Russian Federation and observe tangible progress in the region.’

Week-ending 29 May 2020 Sixteen OSCE member states: 'Seventeen months have passed since this report was issued. However, there has been no constructive response to the report or its recommendations…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Sixteen OSCE member states: ‘We will continue to raise our concerns with regard to the numerous credible allegations of ongoing serious human rights violations and abuses in Chechnya until we receive a substantive response from the Russian Federation and observe tangible progress in the region.’

Quote for the Week. Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch: ‘Moscow’s social monitoring app is intrusive, violates privacy and other rights, and should be dropped.’

Week-ending 22 May 2020 Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch: 'While protecting human life and public health is a paramount concern during the pandemic, Moscow’s…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch: ‘Moscow’s social monitoring app is intrusive, violates privacy and other rights, and should be dropped.’

Quote for the Week. Tatiana Golikova: ‘We never manipulate official statistical data.’

Week-ending 15 May 2020 Source: Wikipedia Tatiana Golikova, ministser of health: 'We never manipulate official statistical data.' Source: Russia defends its ‘exceptionally precise’ Covid-19 death data Russian officials have defended…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Tatiana Golikova: ‘We never manipulate official statistical data.’

Quote for the Week. Ramzan Kadyrov: ‘If someone records with their phone as they [the police] detain someone who violated self-isolation … bring them in, make them work.’

Week-ending 8 May 2020 Ramzan Kadyrov: 'If someone records with their phone as they [the police] detain someone who violated self-isolation … bring them in, make them work. Let them…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Ramzan Kadyrov: ‘If someone records with their phone as they [the police] detain someone who violated self-isolation … bring them in, make them work.’

Quote for the Week. Svetlana Prokopyeva: ‘I think all the arguments investigators have made against me completely lack logic. […] I think it is complete nonsense.’

Week-ending 1 May 2020 Journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva is due to face trial over comments she made on a radio show in 2018. (Artiom Avanesov) CPJ Svetlana Prokopyeva: 'It is a…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Svetlana Prokopyeva: ‘I think all the arguments investigators have made against me completely lack logic. […] I think it is complete nonsense.’

Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina: ‘Konstantin Kotov is a prisoner of conscience, he must be acquitted and freed.’

Week-ending 24 April 2020 Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International Russia’s Director: 'This decision is a profound injustice. Konstantin Kotov has spent more than eight months behind bars simply for taking part…

Continue Reading Quote for the Week. Natalia Zviagina: ‘Konstantin Kotov is a prisoner of conscience, he must be acquitted and freed.’