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Human Rights in Crimea

Statement against persecution of human rights defenders in the occupied Crimea

Statement against persecution of human rig...

Crimea News Special Projects

On 30 May 2019 two Crimean Tatar activists Lutfie Zudieva and Mumine Salieva were detained by the Russian enforcement agents (Center for Combating Extremism) in the occupied Crimea. Lutfie Zudieva was apprehended on her way home from the market,[...]

Freedom of Associations

The Court Case Against Oyub Titiyev Is a Tragic Farce

The Court Case Against Oyub Titiyev Is a Tragic Farce

March 14, 2019

After 14 months behind bars and a trial that’s dragged out for eight months, Chechen human rights activist Oyub Titiyev gave his closing statement on Monday. Titiyev has headed the office of the Russian human rights group Memorial in Grozny for nine years, collecting harrowing evidence of abuses and injustices committed by Chechen authorities.

The first criminal case under Kremlin’s “undesirables” law

The first criminal case under Kremlin&#821...

February 23, 2019

On 23 January, Anastasia Shevchenko, an activist of the Open Russia movement, became the first person arrested and criminally charged for “participating in the activities of a foreign undesirable organization.” However, Open Russia is not a foreign organization — it is a pro-democracy movement operated by Russian citizens, on Russian territory — and it activists […]

“For Human Rights” Group Labeled Foreign Agent

“For Human Rights” Group Label...

February 14, 2019

On Wednesday, February 13, it was reported that Russia’s Justice Ministry labeled organisation “For Human Rights”, Forum member, a ‘foreign agent’. The Ministry website states that “the group’s compliance with the characteristics of a non-profit organisation performing the functions of a foreign agent was established during the unannounced documentary inspection of its activities.”

Freedom of Assembly

Russia has started enforcing its ban on ‘fake news.’ The first suspect? A woman protesting landfill pollution

Russia has started enforcing its ban on ‘f...

April 29, 2019

Russian officials in Arkhangelsk have filed the country’s first police report against an individual for spreading illegal “fake news.” According to the news website zona.media, the activist Elena Kalinina used her VKontakte account to promote an unpermitted protest against a local landfill. Police officers reasoned that demonstrations shouldn’t take place without city permits, meaning that […]

16-year-old Crimean Tatar sentenced for removing 3 Russian flags in occupied Crimea

16-year-old Crimean Tatar sentenced for re...

April 7, 2019

16-year-old Abduraman Abduveliev has received a 6-month restricted liberty sentence for taking down three Russian flags in the village of Kurske.  The teenager was prosecuted for supposed ‘desecration of the Russian flag’ under Article 329 of Russia’s criminal code which, like the flags, is being illegally used on occupied territory.

Emigration

A refugee, who was deported from Poland to Russia, was kidnapped in Chechnya

A refugee, who was deported from Poland to...

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 […]

More than 200 “Jehovah’s Witnesses” from Russia asked for a shelter in Finland. Some have already been refused

More than 200 “Jehovah’s Witne...

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 […]

In 2017, 125 people left Chechnya because of the persecution of LGBT people

In 2017, 125 people left Chechnya because ...

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 […]

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

Freedom of Assembly in Russia in 2016. Rev...

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 […]

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