Law of the Week: Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation restricts freedoms of association and expression

Week-ending 5 March 2021 This week Lev Ponomarev announced that For Human Rights, the civil society organisation he has led since 1997, was closing down because of the new requirements…

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Law of the Week: New laws impose higher fines on proteters, ‘foreign agents’ and social media companies.

Week-ending 26 February 2021 On 24 February 2021 President Putin signed into force laws that increase fines imposed on protesters found guilty of disobeying police officers, on persons and organisations…

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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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Law of the Week: State Duma passes amendments to ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 19 February 2021 On 16 February 2021 the State Duma approved in final reading a bill that would provide for 'foreign agents' to be fined up to 2,500 rubles…

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Legal Case of the Week: Prisoner of Conscience Anastasia Shevchenko given four-year suspended sentence

Week-ending 19 February 2021 On 18 February 2021 activist Anastasia Shevchenko was given a four-year suspended sentence for 'organising the activity of an undesirable organisation.' Amnesty International has recognised her…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Ten Muslims from Orenburg, convicted in the case of the banned Tablighi Jamaat, are political prisoners

15 February 2021 The 10 Muslims were sentenced to terms ranging from two years to six and a half years in a general regime penal colony on charges of extremism…

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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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Law of the Week: Federal Law No. 129-FZ on ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations

On 30 January 2021 Mikhail Iosilevich, an entrepreneur from Nizhny Novgorod, was the first person to be remanded in custody on charges of violating the law on 'undesirable' foreign organisations,…

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Quote for the Week. “Russian authorities are systematically using the tools of the state to arbitrarily deprive citizens of liberty and curtail the exercise of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association” – Joint statement by Amnesty International and 84 other human rights organisations

Week-ending 12 February 2021 "We, the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to respond robustly to the recent crackdown by the Russian authorities on…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Five Muslims from Chelyabinsk convicted for involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir are political prisoners

22 January 2021 In 2016 five Muslims received sentences ranging from 5.5 to 17 years in prison on charges of participation in a terrorist organisation and preparation of a violent…

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