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Stop the persecution of human rights lawyers in occupied Crimea!

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The violent attack against lawyers carrying out their professional duties and defending rights of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied peninsula has been expanding during last two days.

Russian Poet Faces New Criminal Charges for Poem in Support of Ukraine

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Alexander Byvshev is facing another prosecution under Russia’s ‘anti-extremism’ legislation over a poem entitled ‘On Ukraine’s Independence’.  A search was carried out on Jan 17 of the 44-year-old poet’s home in Kromy, the Oryol oblast, with his computer, memory drives, etc. taken away.  Byvshev was taken to the Investigative Committee for questioning, with the next interrogation scheduled for Jan 20.  He says that the search was carried out by officials from Russia’s ‘centre for countering extremism’ who kept asking if he was planning to emigrate together with his elderly parents who are in ill health.

Eco-group Bellona continues to work in Russia, despite being declared foreign agents

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Environmental Right Centre Bellona (ERC Bellona) is one of the most prominent NGOs in Russia working on nuclear safety and pollution challenges in the northern regions. With offices in both Murmansk and St. Petersburg, the organization has since the mid 1990ies helped targeting international funding to dismantle Cold War submarines and secure radioactive waste in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions.

Threats against editor-in-chief of the Caucasian Knot, Gregory Shvedov

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On 7 January 2017, the Chairman of the Parliament of Chechnya, Mr. Magomed Daudov, publicly threatened human rights journalist, Mr. Gregory Shvedov.

WHO IS ILDAR DADIN AND WHY ARE RUSSIANS ASKING WHERE HE IS?

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Social media users across Russia are demanding to know the whereabouts of imprisoned activist Ildar Dadin. The phrase “Where is Ildar Dadin” became a top trend on Russian social media on Tuesday, after Dadin’s family pleaded with authorities to tell them where he is being held.

Russian Justice Ministry Blacklists Prominent Anti-Racism Research Center

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Russia’s Justice Ministry has added another prominent NGO to the federal government’s list of “foreign agents.” According to an official announcement on the ministry’s website, the SOVA Center, a think tank that conducts sociological research primarily on nationalism, xenophobia, and racism in Russia, is the latest organization to be blacklisted.

Russian Federation: Appeal against classification of IHHRS Memorial as ‘a foreign agent’ dismissed

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On 16 December 2016, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow dismissed an appeal of the International Historical and Human Rights Society (IHHRS) ‘Memorial’ against the Ministry of Justice’s decision to register the human rights organisation as ‘a foreign agent’. The Court of the first instance found the decision of the Ministry of Justice to have been lawful.

Crimea: In the dark - the silencing of dissent

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The Crimean Tatar community has been subjected to systematic persecution by the Russian authorities since the occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

EPDE BOARD MEMBER LILIA SHIBANOVA PREVENTED FROM LEAVING THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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Lilia Shibanova, the founder of the Russian election observation network "Association GOLOS" and a board member of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) is currently being prevented from leaving the Russian Federation. While entering the Russian Federation in November 2016, she was a subject of a strict border control. The passport of Lilia Shibanova was apparently invalidated.

Ildar Dadin writes about prison transfer to unknown destination

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It’s the evening of 04.12.2016 (Sunday). I’m in the federal SIZO-2 jail again in the town of Vologda. They brought me here today before lunch. Now it’s 12 at night, and they say we’re going further.

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