Russia Bans Protest Movement Ahead of Rallies Planned for Saturday


This Wednesday, three days before the political movement “Open Russia” hopes to mobilize nationwide protests against the Kremlin, Russia’s Prosecutor General blacklisted the group as an “undesirable organization,” banning all its activities.

Fighting back, in the back of beyond


Across Russia, active citizens are fighting for their neighbourhoods, livelihoods and against systemic corruption. The moment when these agendas meet will be an important one.

Russian Dissidents Open Office in Ukraine’s Capital


Organizers from the Free Russia Foundation, a U.S.-based NGO founded by Russian dissidents, have opened what they call “an Embassy of the Civil Society of Russia in Ukraine,” in Kyiv's trendy Podil district.

Russia Outlaws Jehovah's Witnesses


The Russian Supreme Court formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses on Thursday, labeling the group an extremist organization. The religious group in Russia will now be forced to dissolve.

Dagestan's long-distance truckers are fighting for their rights


Dagestan is home to some 600 kilometres of highway, the most extensive of Russia’s North Caucasus. And since 27 March, when Russia’s Association of Hauliers started a countrywide non-stop strike against an electronic taxation system, Dagestan’s long-distance truck drivers have parked themselves in protest up and down the republic. They’re protesting against the so-called “Platon” system, which collects an additional tax to compensate for damage done by heavy goods vehicles to Russia’s roads. But the strikers’ demands also include the resignation of the Russian government.

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia


People protest outside the Russian Embassy in London on April 12, following reports of the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)

Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to hostility and controversy. The crusading Russian newspaper is known for powerful investigations — and in Russia, this sort of work can provoke an angry reaction. The paper's star reporter Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in her apartment building in 2006. Exactly who ordered her murder has never been confirmed.

In Russia, 26 March continues


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


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


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


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. 

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