Law of the Week: Duma adopts amendments tightening and expanding ‘foreign agent’ legislation

Week-ending 25 December 2020 This week on 23 December 2020 the State Duma approved a bill in its third and final reading amending the so-called 'foreign agent' law to increase…

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50 Russian NGOs appeal to UN Special Rapporteurs over new foreign-agent bill

23 November 2020 50 leading Russian NGOs appeal to UN Special Rapporteurs over tightening of Russian legislation on NGOs. Source: Moscow Helsinki Group A group of 50 leading Russian non-governmental…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: A “Lepers’ Constitution”

3 December 2020 Leonid Nikitinsky, Novaya gazeta correspondent, member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civil Society, laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize for Human Rights Source:…

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ECtHR Rulings of the Week: Violations of right to private and family life and of right to property. Court also accepts application by Memorial Human Rights Centre over fines imposed under ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 11 December 2020 This week there were two rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to Russia finding violations of Article 8 (respect for private and…

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Law of the Week: New bill proposes fresh restrictions on right of association

Week-ending 27 November 2020 A bill introduced last week into the State Duma that introduces many new restrictions on civil society groups in Russia has continued to attract strong criticism…

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Oleg Orlov: Censorship threatens the activities of NGOs branded as ‘foreign agents’

17 November 2020 an interview with Oleg Orlov, board member at Memorial Human Rights Centre, by Deutsche Welle Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Deutsche Welle] The Russian State Duma may …

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Tatyana Glushkova: “The gateway to a hell of limitless arbitrariness.” On the bill on advance oversight of NGOs’ activities

11 November 2020 By Tatyana Glushkova, lawyer, Memorial Human Rights Centre:  Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: facebook.com/glush.tat] Yesterday the Government of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma a…

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Quote for the Week. Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty International’s Russia Researcher: “The Russian authorities have already starved civil society financially and forced many organizations to close. Now, they are further demonizing individual activists.”

Week-ending 20 November 2020 Natalia Prilutskaya. Photo: Twitter “If adopted, the bill will drastically limit and damage the work not only of civil society organizations that receive funds from outside…

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