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A Series of Bloody Crimes. Participants in Opposition Actions Are Being Systematically Assaulted in St. Petersburg

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Another wave of assaults on opposition activists has rolled through St. Petersburg. Among the victims are human rights activist Dinar Idrisov, Open Russia member Oleg Maksakov, Solidarity activist Vladimir Shipitsin, Artpodgotovka supporter Vladimir Ivaniutenko, and, possibly, the dead activist Konstantin Sinitsyn. All the victims figured on social networks in the Group of Unique People.

EPDE protests against classification as "undesirable organization" in Russia

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On 13 March 2018, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), a civil society network of independent election observation organizations, and its Lithuanian member International Elections Study Center (IESC) were classified as "undesirable organizations"by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

A former manager of «troll factory» has moved to the US

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Two sources of the TV channel «Dozhd», also former employees of the «troll factory», have said that Burdonova and another former employee of the agency, Maxim Yelfimov, were aids of the head of the Media and public forums department, Katarina Aistova. Aistova was not included in the list, provided by the US Justice Department, in which 13 people were accused of meddling in the US presidential election. At the same time her boss, the head of the Foreign department at the «troll factory» Dzheyhun Aslanov, is on the list.

New Bill On 'Foreign Agent' Media Advances In Russian Duma

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Russian lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a bill that would enable the government to brand some individual journalists and bloggers -- not only media outlets -- as foreign agents. The bill, passed in the first of three readings in the State Duma on January 12, allows the Justice Ministry to designate people who are "performing the function of a media outlet" as foreign agents.

A St. Petersburg court liquidates a labor union that accepted foreign funding

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A city court in St. Petersburg has sided with Attorney General’s Office and liquidated the “Workers’ Association” Interregional Trade Union. Federal prosecutors argued that the union operated as a “foreign agent,” accepting money from abroad and lobbying Russian lawmakers. The court didn’t rule on the labor union’s “foreign agent” status, but it agreed to dissolve the organization nonetheless.

EP Chairs call for the immediate release of human rights defender Oyub Titiev

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Alarmed by the detention of Oyub Titiev, Chairs of the Foreign Affairs committee, David McAllister (EPP, DE), and of the Human Rights Subcommittee, Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), stated: "We are very concerned at the detention this week of Oyub Titiev, the prominent human rights defender and Director of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic and we call on the Russian authorities to immediately ensure his release and to provide him with all the necessary safeguards in the current proceedings."

Prominent Russian environmentalist brutally beaten

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The leader of a prominent Russian environmental group has been brutally beaten by unknown attackers, his deputy said Friday. The Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus for years has exposed illegal landfills, the destruction of landscapes and the contamination of waterways in Russia’s south. Some investigations have exposed land grabs by local officials who have built mansions in pristine forests and on the seacoast.

Dozens Of Crimean Tatars Fined Over Protests On Russian-Controlled Peninsula

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Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis

Courts in Russia-controlled Crimea on December 18 fined dozens of Crimean Tatars over single-person demonstrations, in a move which Amnesty International called "a brazen crackdown." The Crimean Tatars staged the demonstrations in October to protest pressure imposed on practicing Muslims by the Moscow-installed authorities.

European Court Orders Russia To Pay Compensation To Bolotnaya Protester

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russia violated the rights of a man who was jailed in connection with a protest on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his current term.

LGBT activist from Novocherkassk complains about law enforcers' pressure

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Fyodor Laptev, a volunteer of the Navalny's office and an LGBT activist, has told about his departure from Novocherkassk after law enforcers' threats to open a criminal case against him. According to Laptev, in September, law enforcers told him that his community in the social network on the LTBT topic fell under the article of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors". In November, he was also summoned to the police for a talk.

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