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Russia blacklists ‘undesirable’ Ukrainian World Congress

Russia blacklists ‘undesirable’ Ukrainian World...

July 16, 2019

Views 4 The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the Canada-based assembly of Ukrainian communities abroad, has been branded an “undesirable organization” in a decision by the Russian prosecutor general’s office, which said it posed a threat to “the constitutional framework and security of the Russian Federation.”

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Activist from Ecodefense, under pressure from R...

June 28, 2019

Views 17 The head of a Russian environmental organization has been forced to flee to Germany to avoid arrest on several charges stemming from Russia’s so-called foreign agent law, which targets non-profit groups receiving even small amounts of foreign assistance.

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Activist from Ecodefense, under pressure from Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ law, flees to Germany
Statement against persecution of human rights defenders in the occupied Crimea

Statement against persecution of human rights d...

May 31, 2019

Views 13 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, while Mumine Salieva was approached by security forces at her home.

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Two Crimean Solidarity women activists detained...

May 30, 2019

Views 27 Two Crimean Solidarity activists, both of them mothers with young children, have been arrested in occupied Crimea and are being held in the so-called Centre for countering ‘extremism’ and refused access to lawyers.  This is the latest of many brazen attacks on Crimean Tatar civic activists in occupied Crimea, but by far the

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Two Crimean Solidarity women activists detained in Russian-occupied Crimea
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 45 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 85 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 166 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 82 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 86 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 107 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 129 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 120 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

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