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27.02.2017

Thousands March In Moscow To Commemorate Slain Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

Nemtsov, who had been a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead on a bridge overlooking the Kremlin on February 27, 2015. | detail

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23.02.2017

Quashing of Russian activist Ildar Dadin’s sentence welcome, but not enough

This is an important move, but if Russia wants to demonstrate a shift away from repression, it should revoke other laws, like that used to imprison people for criticizing its invasion and annexation of Crimea. | detail

Visits 2387
23.02.2017

Russia Launches New Project To Track ’Fake News’

Russia has embraced the buzzword "fake news" to dismiss coverage it considers unfair or flat-out wrong -- even as Western governments accuse Moscow of exploiting false and misleading news for political gain. | detail

Visits 506
16.02.2017

Ukraine seeks extradition of aviation enthusiast sentenced by Russia for ‘spying’

Ukraine has initiated the extradition proceedings which could get Valentin Vyhivsky returned to Ukraine well over two years after he was seized by armed paramilitaries in Russian-occupied Crimea, held in Russia incommunicado for 8 months and then sentenced in a closed Russian court to 11 years’ imprisonment for alleged spying. | detail

Visits 784
16.02.2017

Support in Russia for bloody dictator Joseph Stalin at record high

The latest Levada Centre survey has found a record number of Russian citizens with a positive attitude to murderous Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin. If in 2001, soon after Vladimir Putin first became President, the majority of Russians were still negative in their assessment, in January 2017 46% viewed him “with admiration, respect, or liking” | detail

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15.02.2017

Poisoned Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza: "What can I do if someone wants to kill me?"

Interview given by the Russian opposition activist in October 2016 | detail

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14.02.2017

Russia uses human trafficking scam to force Ukrainians to fight in Donbas or Syria

While it is quite possible that some Ukrainians are engaged in crime in Russia, the 47 supposed ’Ukrainian drug traffickers’ just arrested in the Moscow region are likely to be victims of a human trafficking scam with a particularly menacing link to Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine. | detail

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14.02.2017

Russia’s Constitutional Court finds law criminalizing peaceful protest ‘constitutional’

There have been mixed reactions to the judgement passed by Russia’s Constitutional Court on Feb 10 on the draconian anti-protest law used to imprison peaceful protester and friend of Ukraine, Ildar Dadin | detail

Visits 754
10.02.2017

Imprisoned Ukrainian Library Director on trial for ‘extremism’ takes Russia to Strasbourg

Natalya Sharina, Director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow, has been held under strict house arrest since her arrest on ‘extremism’ charges in late October 2015. It is her unwarranted incarceration and the restrictions imposed on her that have now been challenged with the European Court of Human Rights, since her trial for supposed ‘incitement to enmity’ is still ongoing. | detail

Visits 1804
07.02.2017

Wife Says Kremlin Critic Diagnosed With ’Acute Poisoning’ Blood Samples Sent To Israeli Lab

The wife of well-known Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., who fell critically ill last week in Moscow for the second time in two years, said doctors have diagnosed him with "acute poisoning by an undetermined substance." | detail

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30.01.2017

Donald Trump should ask Putin’s Ukrainian hostages how torture ‘works’

US President Donald Trump’s assertion in a recent interview that torture ‘works’ was shocking for several reasons, but it was also wrong. Most people, subjected to enough pain, will provide any answer to stop the torture. This is precisely why Russia’s FSB has systematically used such methods to imprison Ukrainian hostages. | detail

Visits 2833
25.01.2017

Russia’s highest court challenged to find law that criminalizes peaceful protest constitutional

Russia’s Constitutional Court is due to give its judgement on a notorious article of the criminal code used to imprison civic activist Ildar Dadin for totally peaceful protest. Courts in Russia at all levels almost invariably uphold politically-motivated rulings, and the Court will probably reject Dadin’s appeal, however there was one difference this time | detail

Visits 925
24.01.2017

Putin’s “Personal Army” to crush dissent with special electric shock batons

Members of the new National Guard which the Kremlin has acknowledged may be used against ‘unauthorized mass protests’ are to be armed with electric-shock batons with a range of 5 metres and stun grenades. | detail

Visits 1051
20.01.2017

Russian Poet Faces New Criminal Charges for Poem in Support of Ukraine

Alexander Byvshev is facing another prosecution under Russia’s ‘anti-extremism’ legislation over a poem entitled ‘On Ukraine’s Independence’ | detail

Visits 1756
17.01.2017

Russian teacher jailed for repost alerting of child abuse, punished for trying to keep warm

Yevhenia Chudnovets’ reposted 3-second video of a naked child being tormented resulted in the police intervening and the eventual imprisonment of two camp officials – and of Chudnovets. She was charged with ‘circulating child pornography’ for reposting the video which she says she did to draw attention to the abuse. | detail

Visits 2034
13.01.2017

Russia recognizes only punitive psychiatry while driving tortured Ukrainian political prisoner insane

While increasingly using punitive psychiatry against Ukrainians in occupied Crimea for their views or faith, Russia is systematically destroying Stanislav Klykh who urgently needs treatment. International psychiatric associations should not remain silent | detail

Visits 2479
11.01.2017

PEN International should expel Russian ‘partner’ for betrayal of Oleg Sentsov

The degradation of Russia’s PEN-Centre, part of the renowned PEN International, into a Soviet-style organization unwilling to buck those in power has been evident since 2014, but nowhere more shamefully than in its failure to react to Russia’s politically-motivated persecution of their Ukrainian colleagues. | detail

Visits 1144
11.01.2017

U.S. Sanctions Russia’s Bastrykin And Alleged Litvinenko Killers

The United States has slapped sanctions on five additional Russians for alleged human rights violations, including powerful senior law-enforcement official Aleksandr Bastrykin and lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi, who has been accused in Britain in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Aleksandr Litvinenko. | detail

Visits 143
02.01.2017

Russia moves to stifle vital watchdog highlighting misuse of ’extremism’ legislation

In the latest move aimed at crushing critical voices and independent NGOs in Russia, the renowned Sova Centre has been labelled a ‘foreign agent’. The reason almost certainly lies in the Centre’s monitoring and criticism of Russia’s ever-increasing misuse of dangerously broad ‘anti-extremism’ legislation. | detail

Visits 1200
30.12.2016

Russian historian of Soviet terror arrested on chillingly cynical charges

Yury Dmitriev has devoted the last 30 years to ensuring that the history of the Soviet Terror is known, and the unmarked graves of countless victims honoured. Judging by the harassment preceding his arrest, this has made him enemies, and there are strong grounds for concern over the criminal proceedings initiated against him. | detail

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