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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 4428
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 1838
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

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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 5264
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 2901
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 3637
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 1994
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 651
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 1944
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

Visits 9638
28.12.2016

Russian charged with ’extremism’ for reposting video condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine

The Russian investigators claim that the clip which Roman Grishin reposted - a biting attack on Russia’s excuses for its aggression against Ukraine - contains utterances that fall under Russia’s anti-extremism law. It contains plenty that would not please Russian President Vladimir Putin, but none that justify ‘extremism’ charges | detail

Visits 3947
27.12.2016

Russian activists jailed for crucifix protest at monument to notorious secret police chief

Two Krasnodar activists have been jailed for 15 days for their alleged involvement in the appearance of a wooden crucifix on the monument to Felix Dzherzhinsky, the first head of the Cheka, or dreaded Soviet secret police | detail

Visits 2889
23.12.2016

Further reprisals against Russian blogger jailed for reposting that Crimea is Ukraine

Andrei Bubeev, the Russian blogger serving a 2.5 year sentence for social network reposts of an article entitled “Crimea is Ukraine” and a picture of a toothpaste tube with the caption “Squeeze Russia out of yourself” is being moved to a prison with harsher conditions. The reasons appear to include ‘bad influence on other prisoners’, with this based on him encouraging them to read. | detail

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20.12.2016

Russian prison staff on trial after 16-year-old Ukrainian tortured to death

Vitaly Pop was just 16 when he died of horrific injuries inflicted by Russian prison staff following his arrival in a ‘corrective prison’ for young offenders. He was probably picked out for ‘special treatment’ because of his Ukrainian accent, and his torturers used nationality-linked words of abuse while beating him | detail

Visits 9187
19.12.2016

Moscow court upholds inclusion of Memorial Society on ‘foreign agents’ register

A court in Moscow has flouted Russia’s own Constitutional Court and refused to cancel the inclusion of the renowned International Memorial Society from Russia’s notorious list of so-called ‘foreign agents’ | detail

Visits 1514
16.12.2016

Putin caught honouring notorious Donbas & Syria ’mercenary’ commander

Dmitry Utkin, otherwise known as ’Wagner’, whose highly trained Russian fighters are known to have been involved in Russia’s invasion of Crimea, in the conflict in Donbas and in Syria, was one of Putin’s guests at a Kremlin reception to mark ’Heroes of the Fatherland Day’ | detail

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13.12.2016

Many detained in Russia for reading aloud the Russian Constitution

At least 15 people were detained in Moscow on Dec 12, Russia’s Constitution Day, for a peaceful action reading the Constitution aloud, and one activist in St Petersburg is spending the night in police custody for a single person picket which even under Russia’s current unconstitutional legislation is legal. | detail

Visits 10766
09.12.2016

Russia bombs Syria & uses refugees as a weapon while denying them asylum

Russia’s Migration Service is consistently denying Syrians asylum, claiming that there is nothing to stop them returning to their country. The officials cite Russia’s Foreign Ministry and Defence Ministry, ignoring both Russia’s direct involvement in making large parts of Syria unsafe for civilians and reports from the UN and numerous NGOs | detail

Visits 1773
08.12.2016

Seven years for an SMS: Activists alarmed over Southern Russia treason convictions

Oksana Sevastidi was sentenced to 7 years for a text message from 2008 and she is just one of at least 10 people similarly charged and sentenced by a secret court in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region. | detail

Visits 582
06.12.2016

Desperate Plea from Son of Ukrainian journalist held prisoner in Russia

Two months after Roman Sushchenko, Paris correspondent for Ukraine’s information agency Ukrinform was seized in Moscow , his son Maxim has made a brief and moving appeal for his father’s release | detail

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