On Tuesday within hours of each other, the State Duma’s lower house of Parliament passed bills to criminalize blasphemy and outlaw activism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals and their supporters.
A Moscow court has ruled that Golos did not declare itself a “foreign agent” although it had supposedly received money from abroad after the law came into force in November 2012. The money was a human rights prize and Golos says it was returned
In a recent interview with the pro-Kremlin daily"Izvestia," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin pretty much admitted that the criminal case against anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny is politically motivated
Legal proceedings have been initiated against many NGOs, including the election watchdog Golos for not having registered as a „foreign agent”. Golos highlighted election rigging which prompted mass protests in Russia a year ago
Mikhail Beketov, Chief Editor of the Khimki [Moscow region] newspaper “Khimkinskaya Pravda” has died at the age of 55, five years after his critical articles led to a savage attack which left him unable to speak and wheelchair bound
The International Ice Hockey Federation has ignored calls to relocate the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship from Belarus unless Lukashenko releases all political prisoners. Please help get it through to the Championship’s sponsors that dictators must not be sponsored
Senior EU officials have voiced concern as checks by Russian tax inspectors on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations multiply. On Wednesday searches took place at the Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch and Transparency International.
Officials from the general prosecutor’s office and tax police have arrived at the Moscow office of Amnesty International and are carrying out an unannounced audit. This comes three days after similar visitations at Memorial and hundreds of other NGOs
The Prosecutor’s Office, Justice Ministry and Tax Service descended on Thursday at Memorial’s office in Moscow. They were beaten to it by the pro-Kremlin NTV channel, producer of scurrilous anti-opposition “documentaries”
The fam¬ily of Sergei Mag¬nit¬sky has rejected the claims of the Russ¬ian inves¬tiga¬tive author¬i¬ties that there were no signs of crime in his death in cus¬tody at the age of 37 and are applying to the European Court of Human Rights
The lawyer representing Leonid Razvozzhaev, the Russian opposition activist who was abducted from Kyiv in October while in the process of seeking asylum, says that neither he nor Razvozzhaev’s family have any idea where he is being held
Some Russian human rights advocates link the dwindling number of applications to the dispatch of Russian lawyers -- handpicked and paid by the Russian government -- to Strasbourg to help vet the cases that are before the court.
After a “check” by investigators found “no substance” in the allegations by Leonid Razvozzhaev, the Russian activist abducted from Ukraine in October that their fellow investigator had tortured him, Razvozzhaev himself is now being prosecuted for the allegation