Law of the Week: State Duma approves bill extending restrictions with regard to ‘undesirable foreign organisations’

Week-ending 11 June 2021 This week on 9 June the State Duma adopted in third reading a bill expanding the scope of legislation on 'undesirable' foreign organisations. Under the bill,…

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ECtHR issues 13 judgments with regard to Russia

Week-ending 11 June 2021 This week the European Court of Human Rights handed down 13 judgments with regard to Russia, finding violations of Convention Articles 3 (prohibition on torture), 5…

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CSO of the Week: Six Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to terms of imprisonment

Week-ending 4 June 2021 This week five Jehovah's Witnesses were sentenced to real terms in prison, two were given suspended sentences and one was fined. A court in Krasnoyarsk sentenced…

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Law of the Week: Russia bans non-state-approved educational activities and bars members and supporters of ‘extremist’ organisations from standing in elections

Week-ending 4 June 2021 On 1 June 2021 a law on educational activities and cooperation with foreign academics came into force in Russia giving government authorities to power to permit…

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CSO of the Week: Open Russia ends its activities in Russia

Week-ending 28 May 2021 This week Open Russia, founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky and based in the UK, announced it was ending its activities in Russia following the adoption of a…

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Law of the Week: Duma adopts three bills restricting participation in public life and toughening existing legislation on ‘undesirable’ organisations.

Week-ending 21 May 2021 On 18 May the State Duma passed three bills that would bar individuals who have supported civil society and religious organizations declared extremist or terrorist from…

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CSO of the Week: VTimes media outlet branded a ‘foreign agent’

On 14 May 2021 the Russian authorities declared the online media outlet VTimes a 'foreign agent.' The Moscow Times wrote that 'VTimes was launched last October by former senior editors…

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Law of the Week: Fines for republishing information derived from ‘foreign agent’ media without indicating the fact

Week-ending 7 May 2021 This week President Putin signed into law a bill providing for those republishing information from media designated as 'foreign agents' without mentioning the fact to be…

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Law of the Week: ‘Foreign agent’ law applied to media outlets Meduza and PASMI.

Week-ending 30 April 2021 On 23 April 2021 the Russian authorities added the media outlets Meduza and PASMI to the list of 'foreign agent' media organisations under Russia's 'foreign agent'…

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