Human Rights in Crimea
On November 25, the Ukrainian ships “Berdyansk,” “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu,” en route from Odessa to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait, were detained by officers of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. During the detention, Rus[...]
Freedom of Associations
Russia: The authorities must release Dennis Christensen, Danish prisoner of conscience and Jehova...
February 7, 2019
The Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Dennis Christensen, a Danish national and Jehovah’s Witness, who has been facing trial simply for the exercise of his human rights including his right to freedom of religion, Amnesty International said ahead of a ruling on his case by the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Oryol, which is […]
January 25, 2019
The Russian authorities have for the first time used the repressive “undesirable organizations” law to open a criminal case against human rights defender Anastasia Shevchenko, exposing her to the risk of a six-year prison term, Amnesty International said.
November 5, 2018
The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an exorbitant fine imposed on the independent news outlet The New Times. A Moscow court on October 26 ordered the outlet to pay 22.3 million rubles (US$338,000) for failing to provide financial information under Russia’s “foreign agents” law and ordered the outlet’s editor-in-chief Yevgenia Albats to pay an […]
Freedom of Assembly
October 26, 2018
The film director’s sister, Natalya Kaplan, has released a will drawn up by her brother during his hunger strike in a Russian penal colony. The text of the will and a photo of the original were published by Gromadske. Sentsov specifically writes that in the event of his death that he bequeaths the rights to make […]
October 23, 2018
Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, won the Polish prize Pro Dignitate Humana. This was announced on October 23 by the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputovich, during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.
September 3, 2018
A refugee from Chechnya, Azamat Baiduev, deported from Poland to Russia on August 31, was kidnapped the day after his return to the republic. This was reported by a human rights activist and head of the Human Rights Analysis Center Ahmed Gisayev. Gisayev suggests that the Chechen spetsnaz could have kidnapped the man. According to […]
August 22, 2018
More than 200 members of the organization “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, which is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia, have applied for a shelter in Finland. Only from the beginning of 2018, about 100 members of this organization came to the country. So far, the representative of the migration service of Juha Simil told the Finnish newspaper […]
August 7, 2018
Since the beginning of the 2017, at least 125 people have left Chechnya because of the persecution of LGBT by local authorities, the Russian LGBT Network reported. “There are 49 people among them who were detained in Chechnya by law enforcers and questioned. They were required to confess to non-traditional orientation and to share data […]
June 21, 2018
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 […]