Our guest this week is Elena Shakhova, chair of Citizens’ Watch, one of the leading human rights organizations in St. Petersburg. Elena Shakhova joined Citizens’ Watch in 1998 (the organization itself was founded in 1992) and became its chair in 2014 on the death of the group’s founder and leader, Boris Pavlovich Pustyntsev. In the podcast, we discuss with Elena the achievements of Citizens’ Watch, the organisation’s past and present, the impact of the law on “foreign agents”, government policy towards civil society organizations, the human rights situation in St. Petersburg and the current state of human rights in the Russian Federation, in the present time and in the near future.
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The music from “Stravinsky’s Elegy for Viola Solo” is performed for us by Karolina Herrera.
Sergei Nikitin writes on Facebook: “When prosecutors who come to us to conduct an inspection leaf through our charter, it is especially unpleasant for them to read this: “Citizens’ Watch helps to establish oversight by civil society over the activities of law enforcement state bodies – the army, the police and the special services – to prevent them from violating the constitutional rights of citizens.” Elena Shakhova told us this in yesterday’s conversation with Simon and me. Elena joined Citizens’ Watch, an organisation set up on the initiative of Boris Pavlovich Pustyntsev with the active participation of Yury I. Vdovin in 1998. After the death of Boris Pavlovich, Elena became the chair of the NGO in 2014. You should certainly listen to how Citizens’ Watch has worked all these years, how things are going today, and how Lena sees the future.”
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