Rights in Russia Interview – with Karinna Moskalenko, a leading Russian human rights lawyer

Mary Page talks with Karinna Moskalenko, one of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers and a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. For many years, as well as litigation in the Russian domestic courts, Karinna has specialised in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights. Karinna won the first ever case against Russian Federation heard at the European Court of Human Rights. Today she leads the work of the International Protection Centre, a nonprofit organisation based in Strasbourg whose founding she initiated. The Centre has won more than 500 cases at the European Court of Human Rights, of which she herself has won more than 100. Among the cases she has taken to the European Court are those of the victims of politically motivated killings, including Anna Politkovskaya and other journalists, the victims of the Nord-Ost tragedy and many victims of torture. Karinna has also defended such prominent individuals as Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Garry Kasparov. Karinna is an honorary member of the International Commission of Jurists and, among her many awards, she has received the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize in 2010 an honorary Doctor of Law from the Southern Methodist University in Texas, USA. The interview can be viewed below or on our YouTube channel.

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