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

Russia has started enforcing its ban on ‘fake n...

April 29, 2019

Views 32 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,

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

April 7, 2019

Views 59 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.

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16-year-old Crimean Tatar sentenced for removing 3 Russian flags in occupied Crimea
“My only crime is that I am a Muslim”: mass terrorism arrests hit Crimean Tatar solidarity campaign

“My only crime is that I am a Muslim”: mass ter...

April 2, 2019

Views 107 On 27 March, security services in Crimea carried out the largest house search operation of Crimean Tatar homes since Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014. Beginning at four o’clock in the morning, FSB, Interior Ministry and Russian National Guard personnel searched 27 homes in the Crimean Tatar villages of Stroganovka, Kamenka and Aikavan

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Russia sentences gravely ill Ukrainian politica...

March 25, 2019

Views 62 Pavlo Hryb, a 20-year-old severely ill Ukrainian student kidnapped to Russia and accused of aiding terrorism, was on 22 March 2019 sentenced to 6 years in prison by the Northern Caucasus court in Rostov on Don. Immediately after the sentence, Hryb announced he is launching a hunger strike – a form of protest

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Russia sentences gravely ill Ukrainian political prisoner it abducted to 6 years, he launches hunger strike
The Court Case Against Oyub Titiyev Is a Tragic Farce

The Court Case Against Oyub Titiyev Is a Tragic...

March 14, 2019

Views 57 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.

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The first criminal case under Kremlin’s &...

February 23, 2019

Views 84 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

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The first criminal case under Kremlin’s “undesirables” law
“For Human Rights” Group Labeled Foreign Agent

“For Human Rights” Group Labeled Fo...

February 14, 2019

Views 91 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.”

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Russia: The authorities must release Dennis Chr...

February 7, 2019

Views 94 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,

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Russia: The authorities must release Dennis Christensen, Danish prisoner of conscience and Jehovah’s Witness
Russia: First criminal case under “undesirable organizations” law marks a new level of repression

Russia: First criminal case under “undesirable ...

January 25, 2019

Views 84 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.

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Azov Sea Conflict: what happened and how to react

November 30, 2018

Views 11,455 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, Russian border guards used life-threatening violence. As a result, the coast guard boat of the Russian

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Azov Sea Conflict: what happened and how to react
First ‘non-reporting’ criminal case opened in Crimea

First ‘non-reporting’ criminal case...

November 26, 2018

Views 144 The first criminal case involving failure to report a crime (art. 205.6 of the Criminal Code) has been opened in Crimea, The news was reported by Novaya Gazeta, citing the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov.

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Journalist Alena Savchuk banned from entering R...

November 25, 2018

Views 1,568 Ukrainian journalist Alena Savchuk has been banned from entering Russia for 10 years. This was told to her by Russian border guards at the Novoalekseevka checkpoint when she tried to drive into annexed Crimea from Kherson.

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Journalist Alena Savchuk banned from entering Russia for 10 years

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