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26.03.2018

Ukrainian pensioner seized by Kremlin-backed militants in Ukraine, tortured & jailed for 12 years in Russia

61-year-old Oleksiy Sizonovych from Krasnodon in the Luhansk oblast was, as feared, brutally tortured before ending up sentenced by a  Russian ‘court’ to 12 years’ imprisonment.  Neither the surreal nature of the charges against him, nor the use of torture are, unfortunately anything new, however this case does stand out because of Sizonovych’s age and the fact that he was first seized by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] before being illegally abducted to Russia where the torture took place | detail

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26.03.2018

Dozens Arrested In Belarus As Opposition Marks ’Freedom Day’

Dozens of people have been arrested in Belarus as opposition activists attempted to hold an unsanctioned rally in the capital, Minsk | detail

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19.03.2018

Shameful Putin ‘Election’ Farce Legitimized by the OSCE

What will the OSCE say at their 19 March press conference in Moscow after agreeing to observe a ‘presidential election’ in which the main opposition candidate had been prevented from running, and which was being illegally held in occupied Crimea?. | detail

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14.03.2018

Dead Souls for Putin: Even Death Statistics are Fiddled in Russia

There has been a significant fall in the number of deaths from cardio-vascular illness, tuberculosis and cancer in Russia.  That’s if you believe the Potemkin statistics, and don’t ask too many questions about the increase in deaths from a number of other illnesses, as well as from ‘unknown causes’ since one of Putin’s ‘May decrees’ back in 2012.  | detail

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06.03.2018

Stalin’s Legacy: Son Of An ’Enemy Of The People’ Vows He’ll Never Forget

Every Wednesday, Aleksei Nesterenko stands outside building No. 23 on Moscow’s Nikolskaya Street, in which his father was executed during the Terror, with a sign calling for it to be turned into a branch of the city’s GULAG museum | detail

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01.03.2018

Serbsky Institute dismisses insane charges in Russia’s trial of historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev

Russia’s Serbsky Institute has rejected any grounds for the charges against Yury Dmitriev, renowned historian and Head of the Karelia branch of the Memorial Society. Even an institute notorious for its use of punitive psychiatry in Soviet times was not willing to take part in the politically motivated attempt to imprison Dmitriev for up to 15 years and stated clearly that the historian “is not a paedophile”.  | detail

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27.02.2018

How I Remember Boris Nemtsov

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated on February 27, 2015, in Moscow, Russia. Below his friend and fellow activist Vladimir Kara-Murza remembers the slain leader. | detail

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26.02.2018

Russia cracks down on soldiers’ social media pages that expose Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Russia’s Defence Ministry has taken steps to stop soldiers divulging inconvenient information about their deployment in eastern Ukraine and other countries, which Moscow claims to have no involvement in | detail

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26.02.2018

Peaceful Rallies Held For Slain Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

Demonstrators marched in Russian cities on February 25 to commemorate slain Kremlin critic and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov. | detail

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12.02.2018

Russian Historian Accused Of ’Religious Hatred’ Over Account Of Solovki Gulag

Historian Yury Brodsky sees the far northern Solovki Archipelago as a kaleidoscopic microcosm of Russia. That diversity, Brodsky says, is now in danger from the Russian Orthodox Church, supported by the state, which is trying to transform it into a monoculture, literally and figuratively whitewashing the islands and their significance. | detail

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02.02.2018

Yury Dmitriev: My Work Is To Restore Memory

Yury Dmitriev, historian of Stalin’s Terror and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial, has been released from custody after being held for over a year on clearly absurd charges.  While excellent that he is no longer imprisoned, the ’trial’ is not yet over Excerpts from an interview after his release | detail

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22.01.2018

Strasbourg demands answers from Russia about Tatar activist jailed for criticizing invasion of Crimea

The European Court of Human Rights has sent the Russian government questions regarding the prosecution and imprisonment of Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov for six posts on the VKontakte social network. The move is of major importance given the number of other people whom Russia is prosecuting or has already jailed for similar criticism of its occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine. | detail

Visits 892
10.01.2018

New offensive against human rights defender in Chechnya

Oyub Titiev, head of the Grozny office of the renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre, has been arrested, with the devoutly religious 60-year-old lawyer accused of possession of narcotics. | detail

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04.01.2018

Russia refuses to let family and doctors see abducted Ukrainian teenager

It is over four months since 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb was abducted from Belarus to Russia, and his captors are still blocking access to both Pavlo’s relatives and to the Ukrainian doctors familiar with his serious medical condition.  | detail

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29.12.2017

Russia turns to punitive psychiatry as its trial of jailed historian of the Terror collapses

A second expert assessment has effectively overturned the entire case against Yury Dmitriev, renowned Russian historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial. There is no immediate sign that this judicial travesty is ending, however the court has refused to extend Dmitriev’s detention beyond 28 January 2018 | detail

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26.12.2017

Our letters help keep Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners out of danger

Moscow is holding over 60 Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied Crimea and Russia, with many. like Oleg Sentsov and Ruslan Zeytullaev, held thousands of kilometres from their children.  Every letter sent to them is “a breath of freedom”, civic activists stress.  It is also an important message to the Kremlin that the men are not forgotten, with this having very direct impact on their treatment. | detail

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24.12.2017

Ukraine’s ex-Prime Minister briefly detained as Russia continues its “most falsified Ukrainian political trial”

Arseny Yatsenyuk was stopped at Geneva Airport on the evening of December 23  because of an ‘arrest warrant’ issued by Russia against the former Ukrainian Prime Minister.  The charges of having fought against Russian federal forces in Chechnya 23 years ago are absurd but cost the ex-PM and his daughter a mere ten minutes of their time.  Incomparably less than the price paid by Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk, the real two victims of what has been called “Russia’s most monstrously falsified trial of Ukrainian citizens since it’s annexation of Crimea”. | detail

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21.12.2017

Ukrainian journalist imprisoned in Russia awarded Sakharov Prize for Courage

Roman Sushchenko has been honoured ‘For Courage’ by the Andrei Sakharov Committee on Journalism as an Act of Conscience.  The Ukrainian journalist has been illegally held in Russia for the last 14 months, with the FSB using various forms of pressure to get him to ‘confess’ to fictitious ‘spying’.  | detail

Visits 2414
13.12.2017

Russia’s Media Monitor Moves To Block Websites Of ’Undesirable’ Organizations

Russia’s Roskomnadzor media regulatory agency has begun blocking access to websites of organizations deemed "undesirable" by the Justice Ministry under a 2015 law aimed at restricting the activity of organizations the Kremlin accuses of fomenting political dissent. | detail

Visits 485
24.11.2017

Ukrainian victim of Russia’s first ‘absolutely Stalinist trial” spends 4th birthday in brutal isolation

Oleksandr (Sasha) Kolchenko is spending a fourth birthday in Russian captivity, one of the first victims of Russia’s mounting appetite for fake ‘terrorism’ show trials, aimed at crushing dissent, and trying to provide justification for Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea.  He and Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov are imprisoned about as far away from their families, the media and international diplomatic missions as Moscow could achieve | detail

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