News of the Week

Week-ending 9 February 2024

Russia’s war against Ukraine

There are fears that Russia’s systemic programme to “re-educate” Ukrainian children could prove devastatingly effective.  (The Guardian, 4/2/24)

FIDH said it regrets the ICJ’s failure to address broader implications of Russia’s actions against Ukraine. (FIDH, 6/2/24; The Guardian, 6/2/24)

Oleg Orlov has been declared a “foreign agent” with three other Memorial members. (FIDH, 6/2/24; Front Line Defenders, 6/2/24; HRW, 5/2/24)

Around 20 journalists were arrested for a few hours on 3 February 2024 while covering a protest near the Kremlin by the wives of men mobilised to fight in Ukraine. (RSF, 3/2/24; Amnesty International, 5/2/24)

A St. Petersburg military court sentenced Andrei Vasyurenko, a university student, to nine years in prison for making public calls to join the Ukrainian army and for Karelia to secede from Russia. (The Moscow Times, 7/2/24)

Nadezhda Rossinskaya who heads the Army of Beauties campaign, was arrested on Feb. 1 on charges of “publicly calling for activity against the Russian state’s security.” (The Moscow Times, 6/2/24)

A Moscow court has ordered the arrest in absentia of Boris Akunin over his criticism of Russia’s war against Ukraine. (The Moscow Times, 6/2/24)

Russian concert promoters have received an expanded list of musicians banned from performing in the country. (The Moscow Times, 8/2/24)


Russian authorities must immediately drop all charges against journalist Denis Kamalyagin, editor-in-chief of Pskovskaya Guberniya, and stop harassing exiled members of the press, the CPT said. (CPJ, 6/2/24)

Yandex, once dubbed Russia’s Google for becoming the country’s dominant online will exit Russia entirely, selling its assets there in a deeply discounted $5.2 billion deal that marks the end of an era. (RFE/RL, 5/2/24)

Authorities in Novokuznetsk forcibly placed activist and blogger Igor Gorlanov in a psychiatric clinic on unspecified grounds. (RFE/RL, 5/2/24)


Tahirjon Bakiev, an inmate with Central Asian roots tortured in a Siberian penitentiary has been found dead in a penal colony. (RFE/RL, 6/2/24)

The wife of imprisoned rights defender Bakhrom Khamroyev says her husband was severely beaten in detention. (RFE/RL, 8/2/24)


Noted Siberian artist Vasily Slonov was detained on February 8 on a charge of demonstrating extremist symbols. (RFE/RL, 7/2/24)

Rosfinmonitoring on February 9 added jailed opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov to its list of terrorists, meaning that all of his assets in Russia will be frozen. (RFE/RL, 9/2/24)

Investigative Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin said that 430 cases of extremism went to court in 2023, 62% more than 2022.” (RFE/RL, 6/2/24)


Russian election authorities on Thursday disqualified pro-peace presidential hopeful Boris Nadezhdin from the March election over alleged errors in his endorsement signatures. (The Moscow Times, 8/2/24; The Guardian, 8/2/24; The Moscow Times, 5/2/24.

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