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In Russia, 26 March continues

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Two weeks after Russia’s anti-corruption protests, activists and participants are still being tried, arrested and intimidated across the country. We continue our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we’ll bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.

Crimean Tatar activist jailed for video posted 7 years ago in new wave of repression

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Remzi Bekirov has been jailed for three days in an escalating offensive against Crimean Tatars who actively report on repression in Russian-occupied Crimea.  It is doubtless intentional that the pretext should have been a social network post from long before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and on a VKontakte page that he had long deleted.

The reality in Russia’s fake news attacks on environmentalists

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With the rise of Donald Trump, fake news hit the West with such surprising ferocity that it’s easy to forget how long Russia has been filling its own airwaves and newspapers with preposterous propaganda – and how easy the West has it by comparison.

Protests against corruption in Russia

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MOSCOW — A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladi­mir Putin, in a nationwide show of defiance not seen in years, one the Kremlin had tried in vain to prevent with bans and warnings.

Too angry to be cowed, they poured into the street, fed up with their country’s wide-reaching corruption and a government unwilling, or unable, to stop it. Police responded with barricades, tear gas and mass arrests in cities across Russia. 

Russia: journalist threatened with expulsion to Uzbekistan

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about Khudoberdi Nurmatov, an Uzbek journalist also known as Ali Feruz, who was arrested as he left his Moscow home yesterday and is now threatened with extradition to Uzbekistan.

Russian FSB officers illegally detain Ukrainian human rights monitors near Crimea

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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.

A Moscow appellate court sends a Russian nonprofit group packing, after state-owned TV called its founder a spy

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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 Dadin Briefly Detained In Moscow

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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.

Russian Federation: Search of human rights defender Zoya Svetova’s apartment

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On 28 February 2017, the investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee and representatives of the Federal Security Service (FSB) carried out a search of the apartment of human rights defender and journalist Zoya Svetova, that lasted ten hours.

Beyond Bolotnaya: the future of Russia’s civil society

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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.

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