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What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

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Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. The demonstrations of March and April teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. By Alexey Kozlov

A former Berkut commander now wanted in Ukraine for crimes against protesters is spotted working for Moscow's riot police

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Footage recorded by the television station Dozhd at a protest on Monday in Moscow reveals a riot control officer who appears to be Sergey Kusyuk, a former commander of the “Berkut” special police force in Kiev, notorious for its brutality and dissolved in 2014, after the Maidan Revolution. Kusyuk is wanted in Ukraine for his role in the violent police crackdown on protesters in Kiev in November 2013. Meduza reviews Kusyuk’s checkered past and how he ended up in Russia.

Russian Librarian Convicted of ‘Extremism’

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Rather than directing their efforts to combat extremism toward activities that genuinely deserve the label, Russian authorities seem to be using anti-extremism legislation in what is increasingly looking like a witch hunt. Already this year, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia on the grounds they are an extremist organization, and another court convicted a 22-year-old blogger on extremism charges for posting a prank video making fun of the Russian Orthodox Church.

NGO Head First Russian Charged Under 'Foreign Agent' Law

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A human rights activist in southern Russia's Rostov region has become the first person to face criminal prosecution under the country's controversial "foreign agent" law.

Justice Ministry says authorities can organize public rallies without restrictions

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The Justice Ministry has announced that the authorities can organize public rallies without giving prior notice or other restrictions, as in federal law there is no mention of government agencies needing to apply to hold large-scale public gatherings. 

Lithuania Begins Issuing Visas To Gays Fleeing Chechnya

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Lithuania has become one of the first countries to issue visas to gay men in Chechnya seeking refuge from torture and kidnapping.

Freedom of Assembly in Russia in 2016. Review of Legislation and Law Enforcement

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Criminalisation of the protest continues in Russia: the legislation is moving towards the creation of lists of the undesirable and the unreliable, which, probably, will soon be arrested simply for being in these lists. The so-called “Yarovaya Package”1 is a serious attempt to equate the authorities’ criticism not with extremism, but with terrorism, and at the same time solve the problem of competition of other faiths and practices with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russia arrests LGBTQ activists protesting Chechen crackdown on gay men

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Russian police dragged away demonstrators who staged a nonviolent protest of the detention of gay men in Chechnya on Monday, as part of the worldwide celebration of May Day.

Russia Bans Protest Movement Ahead of Rallies Planned for Saturday

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This Wednesday, three days before the political movement “Open Russia” hopes to mobilize nationwide protests against the Kremlin, Russia’s Prosecutor General blacklisted the group as an “undesirable organization,” banning all its activities.

Fighting back, in the back of beyond

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Across Russia, active citizens are fighting for their neighbourhoods, livelihoods and against systemic corruption. The moment when these agendas meet will be an important one.

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