Belarus crackdown: more than 200 arrested or detained in two weeks
One year after the EU lifted sanctions against Belarus, the government is resorting to harsh and violent repression to break the most massive protests seen since December 2010
Russian historian of the Terror jailed after Soviet-style denunciation faces new charges
There is no real evidence to substantiate the dubious charges against Yury Dmitriev and a recent slanderous attack on state-controlled television has only compounded the suspicion that the prosecution is part of a mounted attack on Memorial and its work exposing perpetrators of the Terror.
Russian teacher jailed for repost exposing child abuse freed, no let-up in persecution for Crimea protest
Yevgenia Chudnovets was released from a Sverdlovsk region prison on March 6, shortly after her conviction for supposed ‘circulation of child pornography’ was revoked. Many other political prisoners remain imprisoned, often for criticizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military involvement in Ukraine
Blogger fined for saying the USSR invaded Poland in 1939 takes Russia to Court in Strasbourg
Russian blogger Vladimir Luzgin has asked the Court in Strasbourg to defend his right to state quite correctly that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939. He was left no alternative after Russia’s Supreme Court agreed that this unpalatable truth constituted ‘rehabilitation of Nazism’.
43% of Russians feel proud of Russia’s annexation of Crimea
Russians are united only in pride at the Soviet Union’s victory in the Second World War over 70 years ago, according to a survey by the renowned Levada Centre. The survey is, however, telling also in what it does not ask and in the framing of the questions, with this particularly applying to the one question about Crimea.
A Loss for Ukraine and One Tortured Ukrainian Political Prisoner
Viktor Parshutkin, a Russian lawyer who became well-known in Ukraine for forcing Russia to withdraw falsified charges against Ukrainian political prisoner Serhiy Lytvynov has died suddenly in Moscow at the age of 57.
Russia: Deeply alarming raid targets human rights activist and journalist Zoya Svetova
Amnesty International believes the search to have been a blatant attempt by the authorities to interfere with her legitimate work as a journalist and perhaps a warning for her and others of the risks of human rights work and independent journalism in Russia
Freed from prison, Russian activist says he was ’broken’ by abuse
Hours after his release from prison, Russian political activist Ildar Dadin recounted how he was "broken" by physical abuse during his 15 months behind bars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
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.
Russias 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
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.
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."
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.
Russias 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