Anna Politkovskaya – a year on
In Kyiv, on the first anniversary of Anna Politkovskayas murder, a moments silence will be held in memory of the Novaya Gazeta journalist and human rights defender who was murdered by a hired killer on 7 October 2006.
European Court of Human Rights hands down judgment against Russia over Chechnya
The Court found violations of various Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, including the right to life, over life-threatening attacks and extra-judicial executions of unarmed civilians by Russian servicemen
Anna Politkovskaya nominated for the 2007 Andrei Sakharov Award.
The other two candidates are a human rights defender from Sudan Salikh Makhmud Osman, and two Chinese human rights defenders put forward together
Russias “Contemporary Ideology”
New textbook “The Newest History of Russia” which describes Stalin as "one of the most successful leaders of the USSR" gets official stamp of approval
Solitary confinement for not saying hello
Russian lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin, serving a sentence widely considered to be politically motivated has been held in solitary confinement for six months. This is despite questionable grounds, despite the relevant court ruling not being in force and regardless of the serious state of Trepashkins health. These are only a few of the “despites” and yet the response from the European Union and other international institutions remains pitiful
Not with candles alone
While remembering Georgy Gongadze on this seventh anniversary of his disappearance, light your candles today also, and raise your voices loud, about Belarus where there are many political prisoners NOW. The difference requires no analysis. It needs action.
The Khodorkovsky and Lebedev case: a small move towards legality
Despite the Russian Supreme Court having acceded to the Prosecutor General, the Moscow City Court has upheld its ruling on the illegality of holding the investigation into new charges against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev in Chita
Yelena Bonner: The authorities are trying to destroy the Sakharov Prize
Yelena Bonner, widow of Andrei Sakharov and prominent human rights defender has stated that the Russian authorities are attempting to destroy the Andrei Sakharov Prize “For Journalism as an Act of Conscience”
Belarusian opposition figure Pavel Severinets again behind bars
He was detained today at the same court which sentenced him after arriving with dozens of people to show support for activist of the Youth Front Yaroslav Gryshchenko who is charged with activities on behalf of an unsanctioned organization
Belarusian politician receives two-year sentence for comments on the Internet
Andrei Klimov, who has already served long sentences for his opposition to Lukashenkos regime, was charged with insulting the President and calls to seize power supposedly present in an article posted on the Internet
Theyll try you wherever they like
The Russian Supreme Court has upheld the Prosecutors appeal against a lower court ruling which found - in accordance with Russian law - that Khodorkovsky and Lebedev should be tried according to where the alleged offences took place, not thousands of miles away
Novosibirsk physicists demand an apology from the Russian FSB and compensation for the latters attempt to charge them with disclosing State secrets
Organizer of a meeting in memory of Anna Politkovskaya faces court hearing
After having been told to lower the number of estimated participants, Andrei Napetov was detained supposedly for the number being three times higher. "Too many people" came to remember the murdered journalist - ?
Mikhail Trepashkin appeals to UN Secretary General
Trepashkin, not only widely believed to be a political prisoner, but by Russian law liable for release on medical grounds, has asked the Secretary General to intercede and to put the question of politically-motivated persecution in Russia on the agenda for the next UN session this month
Thousands of people at the third anniversary of Beslan
Today begins three days of remembrance for the children and other victims of Beslan
No more looking for enemies of the people
For those familiar with the darker pages of Soviet history, recent developments in Russia are especially disturbing. Two days before what should have been Anna Politkovskayas 49th birthday, the Russian Prosecutor General suggested, without providing any substantiation, a foreign link in the journalists murder.
Anna Politkovskayas colleagues do not agree with the Russian Prosecutor General
Novaya Gazeta does not agree with Chaikas allegations of foreign organization of the crime which the latter claimed was part of a conspiracy aimed at discrediting President Putin and destabilizing the situation in Russian before the elections
An Expert bleep
The FSB has terminated their latest Novosibirsk spying investigation. How one would like to believe it could be their last …
Belarusian theatre of the absurd
On Wednesday 22 August the Belarusian police broke up … a theatre performance