“Fight poverty, not Ukraine” – digest of Russian protests
In Dagestan a schoolgirl finished her graduation speech with phrases : “No to War! Free Ukraine! Putin is a devil”. She was forced to publicly apologize for this.
“PEACE lost”– digest of Russian protests (UPDATED)
In order not to be charged for “discreding the Russian Army” people spread photos of their pets and captions saying “PEACE lost. He was kind and fun and didn’t cross our neighbours’ border. He gave comfort and hope. We need our PEACE back”.
“I will not fear ZEvil”– digest of Russian protests
In many cities of Russia, the action "Immortal Regiment" was held. Activists brought the signs with photos of their relatives who died in World War II and photo captions: “Grandfathers said: ‘Let there never be a war’”, “They didn’t fight for this”, “They didn’t want to repeat”, “They fought for peace” and others, as well as portraits of Ukrainians who died this year.
Poster “Christ for peace” discredits the army – digest of Russian protests
Memorial employees Oleg Orlov and Irina Galkova were detained on Red Square. They stood alongside the backdrop of the Victory Day banner with posters “USSR 1945 is a country that defeated fascism. Russia 2022 is a country of victorious fascism” and “Stop killing people! Peace to Ukraine!” In the police department they were charged with two articles at once: violating the procedure for holding a picket and “discrediting the armed forces”.
Internal fight against ‘ZEvil’ – digest of Russian protests
A person was arrested in Krasnodar who brought outside and burned his sofa, having written “ZEvil” on it – with letter Z, which became a loyalist symbol of the war in Ukraine. His girlfriend lives in Mariupol and have not been in touch since the first days of the war. However, they can take you to the police for less: a quote from a cartoon or for the commandment "Do not kill!".
"It is our common duty to stop the war and to protect the lives, rights and freedoms of all people, both Ukrainians and Russians," the members of Council of Russian Human Rights Defenders say.
Imprisoned for seven years as Russia's revenge for Ukraine’s Euromaidan
For a Russian prison sentence, it was enough that Andriy Kolomiyets was Ukrainian and had been on Maidan. All else was just a question of technicalities, and of torture.
Russia equates defending political prisoners to ‘justifying terrorism’ in ban on Memorial Human Rights Centre
Memorial HRC has played a huge role in monitoring Russia’s repression in occupied Crimea, and the excuses given for demanding its closure may well augur a new escalation in political persecution.
European Court of Human Rights halts Russia’s execution of vital Memorial Society and Memorial Human Rights Centre
Memorial has ensured that the truth is learned about the darkest pages of Soviet history, as well as about recent developments, political repression, etc. in Russia, and that is presented by the current regime as “distorting historical memory”
After two acquittals, Russia finds more compliant judges to pass 15-year sentence against historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev
It has taken five years, two acquittals and flagrant violations of the right to a fair trial, for those seeking a long sentence against renowned historian of the Soviet Terror and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial, Yury Dmitriev to get their way.
Attack on major human rights watchdog augurs new weapon of repression in Russian-occupied Crimea
Russia’s effective state censor Roskomnadzor has blocked OVD-Info, the largest independent human rights website monitoring and reporting on political persecution in Russia and occupied Crimea
Russia uses horrific sentences against elderly Ingush leaders to crush peaceful protest
A Russian court has sentenced seven Ingush leaders, including two men in their late sixties and a woman, to terms of imprisonment from 7.5 to 9 years for organizing peaceful protests in 2019
Russia uses ‘treason’ charges to jail renowned Ukrainian academic for 20 more years
Instead of releasing Dmytro Shtyblikov on 10 November 2021, after five years in Russian captivity the FSB came up with new charges, as implausible as the original ‘Crimean saboteur’ accusation used to imprison him, Oleksiy Bessarabov and Volodymyr Dudka
Ukrainian sentenced to 11 years for opposing Russia’s occupation of Crimea goes on hunger strike
43-year-old Ivan Yatskin has gone on hunger strike in protest at the systematic pressure and ill-treatment he is being subjected to in Russian captivity
Ukrainian political prisoner’s drawings from Russian captivity go on display in Berlin
An exhibition has opened in Berlin of the works of Viktor Shur, a Ukrainian political prisoner, incarcerated in Russia since December 2014. Shur is now 64, and forced, as his daughter Olha puts it, “to draw the life he is not living”.
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