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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.

Russia’s new foreign agent legislation will further silence independent media

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On 22 November, Russia’s Federation Council approved new legislation designed to assign “foreign agent” status to foreign media organisations. Previously voted through by the Russian parliament, this new “foreign agents” law was received 154 votes, with one abstention. There’s no doubt that Vladimir Putin will soon sign the document into law. The question now is: how will this legislation, which was clearly written in a rush, be applied?

Russian Lawmakers Draft Bill Targeting Foreign Media

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After the Kremlin-run news channel RT capitulated to a U.S. deadline to register as a foreign agent, Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill targeting foreign news outlets in retaliation. RT’s chief editor Margarita Simonyan and the U.S. Department of Justice said the broadcaster's American branch had met a Monday deadline to register as a foreign agent. Russian officials last week vowed a speedy response to what Moscow says is a crackdown on Russian media.

Suspect In Bolotnaya Protest Flees Russia Before Trial

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A Russian man accused of involvement in clashes with police at a protest on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in 2012 says he has left the country. Speaking to Current Time TV, a Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, Dmitry Buchenkov said on November 9 that he is currently in a European Union country and has applied for asylum. He declined to name the country.

Russian Teacher Faces Second Trial For Poetry Praising Ukraine

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A former teacher of German in Russia's Oryol region who was fired from his job and convicted of inciting ethnic hatred for writing a pro-Ukraine poem says he now faces a new trial over a separate piece of writing.

Russia's FSB Detains Six Crimean Tatars Accused Of Being Hizb ut-Tahrir Members

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Activists in Russian-controlled Crimea say six Crimean Tatars have been detained on suspicion of extremism in what the activists and the Ukrainian government say is part of a discriminatory campaign targeting members of the Muslim group.

Political emigration from Russia: Germany

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The phenomenon of modern political emigration from Russia is still causing some doubts, but most likely so as of now just in the details of it. The flow of those who are leaving the authoritarian country is increasing, a lot of people leave due to the direct, or indirect threats and persecution. Germany is attractive to quite a lot of political emigrants (if not the majority of them). The strongest economy of the European Union, and the developed civil society along with the most voluminous Russian – speaking community make this choice well – grounded. In this article are going to examine the reasons and specific characteristics of the political emigration to Germany.

Memorial recognizes Evgeny Kim, convicted for reading the works of Said Nursi, as a political prisoner

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Evgeny Kim, a resident of Blagoveshchensk, has become the latest person to be jailed for belonging to the mythical organization “Nudzhular.” He was sentenced to three years nine months in a general-regime prison colony under Article 282.2, Section 1, of the Russian Criminal Code (organization of the activity of a banned organization) and Article 282, Section 1 (actions, directed at incitement of hatred or hostility).

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