Foreign nongovernmental organizations under registration pressure in Russia
As feared from the outset, the new law, which has left most foreign NGOs unregistered, seems designed to prevent such organizations from having representative offices in Russia
Journalists call on EU to put pressure on Russia over press freedom
“European Union leaders must demand that Russia restores a degree of pluralism and free expression into the media.”
Russian jury acquits those accused of murdering a Vietnamese student
Yet another jury trial in St Petersburg has ended in acquittals or verdicts quashing charges involving ethnic emnity
Police used batons against a rally in memory of Anna Politkovskaya
A number of human rights activists were detained in Nazran (Ingushetia), including members of the Red Cross and the human rights centre “Memorial”.
On the closure of the “Russian – Chechen Friendship Society
The Human Rights Centre “Memorial” is outraged over the ruling by a Russian court to close down the “Russian – Chechen Friendship Society" and warns that this proves the worst fears about the real aim of the law against extremism passed this summer
Belarusian Solidarity Day – 16 October
As on the sixteenth day of every month, hundreds of thousands of Belarusians and people showing their support in other countries will be lighting Candles for Freedom in their windows, staging street actions, etc, in solidarity
Members of a Minsk Protestant Church on hunger strike against arbitrary measures by the authorities
In Minsk more than one hundred Protestants have been on hunger strike for a week in protest at the decision of the Belarusian authorities to take their church and the site its on away from them
Meetings in memory of Anna Politkovskaya
All of those who wish to honour the memory of Anna Politkovskaya are asked at 9 oclock this evening to turn off the lights in their flats and to burn a candle in their window.
Court closes down the “Russian – Chechen Friendship Society”
The societys executive director Stas Dimitrievsky was convicted in February over the publication of an appeal from Maskhadov and Zakaev in the newspaper “Pravozashchita” [“Human rights defence”]. Since his colleagues failed to condemn him for this the organization is to be liquidated.
The Russian – Chechen Friendship Society will be stopped only through prison or a killer
A Russian prosecutor wants the Society closed down claiming that its head, Stas Dmitrievsky, has been prohibited from engaging in human rights activities (!) for four years. Dmitrievskys recent appeal to the European Court of Human Rights may however also have something to do with this …
About Anna Politkovskaya and Putins words about her murder
The famous human rights defender and widow of Andrei Sakharov gave this interview after Putin broke his silence when asked in Germany about the journalists murder
A new stage in the fight against the political opposition
The Belarusian authorities may be trying to use serious criminal charges against political opponents in order to remove and to try to discredit them
Russian provider terminates its services to Georgian nationals
Following on from the transport blockade of Georgia, the Russian authorities have launched a campaign against members of the Georgian community in the Russian Federation
Ukrainian journalists honoured Anna Politkovskyas memory
On Tuesday outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv and in Lviv, Ukrainians lit candles in Anna Politkovskyas memory and read from her book about the war in Chechnya
On the murder of Anna Politkovskaya
Statement from the Committee on Monitoring Press Freedom in the Crimea and the Crimean Association of Free Journalists
Attempt on the life of Natalya Kovalyova
The Head of the review commission of the Federal national-cultural autonomy “Ukrainians in Russia”, Natalya Kovalyova, was brutally assaulted in Tula
In Memory of Anna Politkovskaya
Somebody wise said that “the significance of a person is defined by the goal for which they live and the price they are prepared to pay to achieve that goal”. The vile murder in the entrance of her own block of flats was, it would seem, the price which Anna Politkovskaya paid to achieve her objective – to tell the truth whatever the cost, as a journalist and as a citizen.
Candles in Ukraine in memory of Anna Politkovskaya
Ukrainians will gather and light candles in memory of the slain journalist and human rights defender on Tuesday 10 October in Kyiv.
Human rights defenders speak of Anna Politkovskaya
When there seemed no justice, defence and compassion, Anna Politkovskaya was the last hope for very many people. Her impassioned words gave them strength and confidence that they had not been abandoned to their fate where absolute fear, violence and lawlessness reign.