News of the Week

Week-ending 12 January 2024

Russia’s war on Ukraine

More than 14.6 million Ukrainians will require humanitarian assistance this year, the UN’s OCHA has said. (RFE/RL, 10/1/24)

In the second year of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine the Russian government increased war censorship, imprisonment of vocal critics, and the crushing of human rights activism, HRW said. (HRW, 11/1/24)

A street artist known as Philippenzo left Russia after authorities issued arrest warrants for his stance against Moscow’s war in Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 9/1/24)

The municipal council in Yoskhar-Ola cancelled the mandate of Anton Sokolov, who criticized Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 12/1/24)

Aleksei Navalny

Aleksei Navalny says he was immediately placed in punitive solitary confinement after finishing a quarantine term at the prison in Russia’s Arctic region where he was transferred. (RFE/RL, 9/1/24; The Guardian, 9/1/24)

Russia’s Supreme Court rejected two lawsuits filed by Aleksei Navalny over two of its internal prison regulations. (RFE/RL, 11/1/24)


A court extended pretrial detention until March 10 for theater director Yevgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriichuk. (RFE/RL, 9/1/24)

A Moscow court suspended for three months the operations of the Mutabor night club after it hosted the “almost naked”. (RFE/RL, 10/1/24)

Rapper Vacio, serving a jail term for taking part in a party at a Moscow nightclub, was summoned to a military recruitment center. (RFE/RL, 8/1/24)

A court rejected singer Eduard Sharlot’s appeal against custody on charges of rehabilitating Nazism & insulting believers’ feelings. (RFE/RL, 10/1/24)

A St. Petersburg court sentenced singer Maksim Moiseyev to 10 days in jail on a hooliganism charge. (RFE/RL, 9/1/24)

Russian left-wing activist Sergei Udaltsov has been charged with justifying terrorism on social media. (The Moscow Times, 11/1/24)

Russia’s Interior Ministry added Mikhail Khodorkovsky to its wanted list on a charge of distributing “fakes” about the Russian army. (RFE/RL, 9/1/24)

US national Robert Romanov Woodland has been arrested on drug trafficking charges in Russia. (The Guardian, 9/1/24)

Czech authorities detained Russian citizen Yevgeny Gerasimenko on an international arrest warrant issued by Moscow.  (RFE/RL, 9/1/24)


The independent website Kedr (Cedar) that focused on ecological problems in Russia shut down from January 1. (RFE/RL, 8/1/24)

Seven Moldovan journalists, including RFE/RL reporter Denis Dermenji, have been banned from entering Russia. (RFE/RL, 11/1/24)

Russia’s Interior Ministry added self-exiled Siberian journalist Andrei Serafimov to its wanted list on unspecified charges. (RFE/RL, 12/1/24)

LGBT Rights

A music channel owned by Gazprom was fined $11,300 for spreading ‘LGBT propaganda among minors’. (The Moscow Times, 12/1/24)

Heating outages

Residents across Russia affected by unprecedented winter heating outages have expressed their growing frustration and urged local authorities to restore heating in their homes. (The Moscow Times, 10/1/24; 11/1/24)

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