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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).

Report "Freedom of assembly in post-soviet states"

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This report presents the main trends in the practical implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in recent years in four countries of the post-soviet states: Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Gulag grave hunter unearths uncomfortable truths in Russia

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The pine trees creak and rustle ominously beneath even the faintest breeze, as if the vast forest between Lake Onega and the Finnish border remains reluctant to give up its dark secrets. The secret police brought 6,241 gulag prisoners to these woods during Joseph Stalin’s Great Terror in 1937-8, put them face-down in pits dug in the sandy soil, and shot them in the back of the head with a revolver. As their remains decayed, the earth above each mass grave sank into the ground.

Jailed historian of Stalin’s Terror declared a political prisoner in Putin’s Russia

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Exactly 80 years after the beginning of Stalin’s Great Terror, a Russian who has dedicated his life to ensuring that the truth about the crimes committed is known and the victims honoured is on trial.  While the charges against 61-year-old Yury Dmitriev, a historian and the head of the Karelia branch of the Russian Memorial Society, are ostensibly unrelated to his work, their link to ‘pornography’ is even less comprehensible.  The supposed ‘expert assessment’ backing the charges is, furthermore, from an institute which has become notorious for politically-motivated opinions.  Concern was already high about the case before the trial began, and by now has prompted many prominent Russians to speak out in Dmitriev’s defence and attracted attention well beyond Russia.

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

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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. 

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