Russia announces ‘Ukrainian spy and saboteur’ arrests while accusing Ukraine of a military build-up in Donbas
Three Ukrainians have been arrested, with the only proof of such alleged activities coming from ‘videoed confessions’ made by men totally under the control of the FSB
Court blocks exposure of fake experts in Russia’s attempt to dissolve Memorial Human Rights Centre as 'extremist'
Russia’s attempt to ban the Memorial Human Rights Centre is based on an ‘opinion’ by two individuals without any expert knowledge and with either no academic publications at all, or just three, and none in the relevant field
Defender of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners jailed and fined for picket against attempt to destroy Memorial
Viktoria Ivleva, a tireless defender of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners, has been fined a huge 150 thousand rouble fine after being held in detention for two days.
Russia’s Supreme Court endorses torture and abduction from occupied Donbas of Ukrainian political prisoner
The flagrant irregularities in Oleksandr Marchenko's 'trial’ included muffling the fact that the recognized Ukrainian political prisoner was abducted to Russia from militant-occupied Donbas where he was savagely tortured at the Izolyatsia secret prison
Russia moves to dissolve Memorial NGOs that defend political prisoners and expose Russian aggression against Ukraine
The forced dissolution of the Memorial Human Rights Centre, in particular, would be catastrophic given the crucial role the NGO plays in monitoring political and religious persecution both in Russia and in occupied Crimea
Russian activist faces ‘terrorism’ charges for defending Crimean Tatar political prisoners
Olga Smirnova, a political activist from St. Petersburg, has been charged with ‘justifying terrorism’ over a picket in defence of four recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners from Alusht
Russian Supreme Court refuses to review horrific sentence against historian of the Soviet Terror Yury Dmitriev despite glaring violations
Russia’s Supreme Court has refused to refer the case of Yury Dmitriev for a cassation review despite glaring procedural irregularities and violations of his right to a fair trial.
FSB deploys menacing new weapon against journalists and lawyers in Russia and occupied Crimea
Russia’s FSB has published a list of 60 topics that could result in journalists and others finding themselves labelled ‘foreign agents’ and prosecuted despite receiving no funding from abroad
Putin signs decree to let Ukrainian traitors and fugitives from justice hold public office in Russia
The decree makes it possible for people like the convicted killer of Ukrainian schoolboy Stepan Chubenko and suspected Maidan killers to hold public service posts in the Russian Federation or occupied Crimea.
Russia called a disused aerodrome a state secret to sentence Ukrainian to 12 years
64-year-old Viktor Shur has spent almost seven years in Russian captivity, serving a 12-year sentence passed behind close doors without any access to an independent lawyer or to the Ukrainian consul
Russia did not invade Crimea in new school textbooks edited by Putin adviser
The new textbooks have coincided with the creation of a ‘commission’ made up of the FSB and other enforcement bodies, rather than historians
Every second Russian supports a monument to Soviet dictator Stalin
A new survey has found a terrifying increase in the number of young adults who support a monument to Joseph Stalin, and a sizeable majority overall who believe that there should be a ‘Stalin Centre’ museum complex
Russia’s unrelenting torture of Ukrainian Maidan activist Valentin Vyhivsky
Since its invasion of Crimea, Russia has abducted and imprisoned a large number of Ukrainians, in several cases holding them incommunicado for many months and mercilessly torturing them to extract ‘confessions’ to non-existent crimes
Russian libraries purge books telling ‘the wrong history’ about the USSR in WWII
Libraries and book shops in Russia and occupied Crimea have been feverishly removing ‘dangerous’ books after a new law came into force making it a criminal offence to equate the actions of the USSR and Nazi Germany during the Second World War
Russia crushes human rights group defending political prisoners and fighting state secrecy, including about war against Ukraine
Two days after Russia’s effective censor, Roskomnadzor, blocked the website of the important human rights initiative Team 29, its Director Ivan Pavlov has announced the group is terminating all activities
Open letter: Nestlé must immediately stop funding state media in Belarus
No other foreign company places as many commercials on Belarusian state television as Nestlé. Over 50 NGO call on the Swiss food company to immediately end its support for the Lukashenko regime’s TV propaganda
Russia imposes prison sentences for donating to ‘undesirable NGOs' and adds Bard College to its blacklist
The US-based Bard College has become the 35th NGO outlawed in Russia as 'undesirable', with the Prosecutor General’s Office claiming that the College “poses a threat to the Russian Federation’s constitutional order and security”.
Russians name Stalin as the most ‘outstanding’ figure of all times
The renowned Levada Centre has carried out a survey to find out whom Russians would name as the “ten most outstanding [выдающиеся) figures of all times and nations”.
Valentin Vyhivsky: "Either they free me, or I’ll return to my Homeland “by heavenly express”
Almost 7 years after Russia abducted and imprisoned Valentin Vyhivsky, he has spoken openly of his despair in Russian captivity, and his certainty that he cannot endure another four years of imprisonment “in a concrete basement”
Activist who exposed Russia’s hypocrisy about Ukraine gets 6-year sentence for social media posts
Darya Polyudova is best known to Ukrainians because of her unwavering opposition to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and for her defence of Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners held in occupied Crimea or Russia