Analytics

Valentina Cherevatenko: We have been labelled a “foreign agent” for our peacekeeping activities

news_image: 

For the first time in Russia, a criminal investigation has been opened into an allegation of malicious evasion of the law on Foreign Agents under Article 330.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation [“Malicious evasion of the duty to file the documents required for inclusion in the register of NGOs performing the functions of a foreign agent" - trans.]. The case has been brought against Valentina Cherevatenko, laureate of a Moscow Helsinki Group, in her capacity as coordinator of the regional human-rights NGO, Women of the Don Union and chair of the board of the Foundation that goes under the same name [see Human Rights Watch; if found guilty, Cherevatenko faces up to two years in prison - trans.]. The charges against her have surprised not only the Russian and foreign public, but also Cherevatenko herself. Here, the human rights defender discusses the reasons behind the investigation, which has been under way for several years. 

There are at least 117 political prisoners in Russia today, says Memorial, and the number continues to grow

news_image: 

As the Memorial Human Rights Centre explains, it now divides its periodic lists in two. Some are persecuted for political reasons (51 individuals); others have suffered harassment and denial of their rights because of their religion (66 individuals). 

What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

news_image: 

Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. The demonstrations of March and April teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. By Alexey Kozlov

A former Berkut commander now wanted in Ukraine for crimes against protesters is spotted working for Moscow's riot police

news_image: 

Footage recorded by the television station Dozhd at a protest on Monday in Moscow reveals a riot control officer who appears to be Sergey Kusyuk, a former commander of the “Berkut” special police force in Kiev, notorious for its brutality and dissolved in 2014, after the Maidan Revolution. Kusyuk is wanted in Ukraine for his role in the violent police crackdown on protesters in Kiev in November 2013. Meduza reviews Kusyuk’s checkered past and how he ended up in Russia.

Russian Librarian Convicted of ‘Extremism’

news_image: 

Rather than directing their efforts to combat extremism toward activities that genuinely deserve the label, Russian authorities seem to be using anti-extremism legislation in what is increasingly looking like a witch hunt. Already this year, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia on the grounds they are an extremist organization, and another court convicted a 22-year-old blogger on extremism charges for posting a prank video making fun of the Russian Orthodox Church.

NGO Head First Russian Charged Under 'Foreign Agent' Law

news_image: 

A human rights activist in southern Russia's Rostov region has become the first person to face criminal prosecution under the country's controversial "foreign agent" law.

Justice Ministry says authorities can organize public rallies without restrictions

news_image: 

The Justice Ministry has announced that the authorities can organize public rallies without giving prior notice or other restrictions, as in federal law there is no mention of government agencies needing to apply to hold large-scale public gatherings. 

Lithuania Begins Issuing Visas To Gays Fleeing Chechnya

news_image: 

Lithuania has become one of the first countries to issue visas to gay men in Chechnya seeking refuge from torture and kidnapping.

Freedom of Assembly in Russia in 2016. Review of Legislation and Law Enforcement

news_image: 

Criminalisation of the protest continues in Russia: the legislation is moving towards the creation of lists of the undesirable and the unreliable, which, probably, will soon be arrested simply for being in these lists. The so-called “Yarovaya Package”1 is a serious attempt to equate the authorities’ criticism not with extremism, but with terrorism, and at the same time solve the problem of competition of other faiths and practices with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russia arrests LGBTQ activists protesting Chechen crackdown on gay men

news_image: 

Russian police dragged away demonstrators who staged a nonviolent protest of the detention of gay men in Chechnya on Monday, as part of the worldwide celebration of May Day.

Share this