Olha Skrypnyk, Coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group and her colleague Volodymyr Chekryhin have finally been freed after being unwarrantedly detained for several hours by Russia’s FSB while in the buffer zone near Kalanchak. The activists were driving, together with a representative of the Ombudsperson’s Office, to the Ukrainian checkpoint near the border between mainland Ukraine and occupied Crimea.
When suing the Russian news media for defamation, it helps to be a billion-dollar state-owned oil company, instead of a blacklisted nonprofit group. That’s the lesson Nadezhda Kutepova learned this week, after an appellate court in Moscow upheld a rejection of her organization’s lawsuit against a major news company.
Russian activist Ildar Dadin has been briefly detained while protesting in Moscow, two weeks after his release from prison. Police detained Dadin on March 10 as he protested outside the Moscow headquarters of Russia's prisons service, according to his wife, Anastasia Zotova, and human rights defender Lev Ponomaryov.
On 1-3 February 2017, the VII General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum took place in Helsinki. Around 230 representatives of member organisations, as well as observers, funders and journalists attended. The forum topics were relevant for Russia as well as for the EU and included global trends for nationalism and conservatism, modern conflict and its legacy, sustainable development and the reduction of poverty, as well as scenarios for the future of the Baltic States.
The investigating authorities have refused to initiate criminal proceedings against Ingush human rights defender Magomed Mutsolgov. Law enforcers claimed discovery on the Magomed Mutsolgov's PCs of materials in support of terrorists and materials of pornography. However, none of the law enforcers' claims was confirmed. The human rights defenders have stated that the attempt to discredit the activities of Magomed Mutsolgov and his organization "Mashr" had failed.
А Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist and another person have been missing since January 31, 2017, in the separatist-controlled area of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, and are feared to be victims of enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch is concerned that the de facto authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) have detained them and are refusing to acknowledge their detention.