Press releases, weekly bulletins and other publications by human rights organisations in Russia

Memorial Human Rights Centre: The prosecution of Nizhny Novgorod opposition activist Mikhail Iosilevich for involvement with an ‘undesirable organisation’ is politically motivated and unlawful

12 October 2020 Mikhail Iosilevich is being prosecuted solely because opposition events were held on a property owned by him. The journalist Irina Slavina, who was driven to suicide, was…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Kursk resident Sergei Lavrov, convicted of justifying terrorism on VKontakte, is a political prisoner

13 October 2020 Sergei Lavrov was sentenced to five years in a penal colony and compulsory psychiatric treatment under a ‘terrorist’ article of the Russian Criminal Code, although his entire…

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OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 176: Pepper-spray for the FSB, or what do you need ID for?

24 October 2020 OVD-Info is a Moscow-based NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests and prosecutions in Russia. Each week OVD-Info publishes a bulletin with the latest news, which is translated here. To receive…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Karina Tsurkan, a former senior manager at Inter RAO, is a political prisoner

7 October 2020 Karina Tsurkan is charged with spying for Moldova, but her guilt has not been proved and the investigation has been conducted with gross violations of the law.…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Bagavudin Omarov, a Muslim from Dagestan charged with organising a cell of the banned At-Takfir wal-Hijra, is a political prisoner

28 September 2020 We demand the release of Bagavudin Omarov and an end to the prosecution of alleged supporters of At-Takfir wal-Hijra for offences under anti-extremist articles of the Russian…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: How do the authorities use Article 205.4 on terrorist groups against political activists?

8 July 2020 Memorial has published a report reviewing the use of Article 205.4 of the Russian Criminal Code. Source: Memorial Human Rights Centre Our report analyses in detail the…

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OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 175: Students of Russia! The prosecutor is looking for you.

17 October 2020 OVD-Info is a Moscow-based NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Each week OVD-Info publishes a bulletin with the latest news, which is translated here. To receive the mailing…

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Open Letter by Journalists: “We demand an immediate investigation of the self-immolation of Irina Slavina and that those responsible for driving her to suicide be punished.”

6 October 2020 By the Union of Journalists and Mass Media Workers Source: Union of Journalists and Media Workers On Friday, 2 October, the journalist Irina Slavina set fire to…

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OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 174: “Why did you sleep with the black guy?” and other absurd fights against extremism.

10 October 2020 OVD-Info is a Moscow-based NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Each week OVD-Info publishes a bulletin with the latest news, which is translated here. To receive the mailing…

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