Russian legislators launch multiple hits against civil society in occupied Crimea and Russia
A record four draft bills are currently awaiting ‘consideration’ in Russia’s State Duma with all evidently aimed at crushing the activities of Russian NGOs and further stifling freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly
Russia sentences Ukrainian political prisoner to 10 years after abducting him from Donbas
A Russian court has sentenced Oleksandr Marchenko to 10 years’ imprisonment, despite the evidently flawed nature of the charges against him and his consistent account of torture inflicted by Russian-controlled militants in eastern Ukraine before being abducted to Russia
Russian prevented from appealing against 9-year sentence for supporting Ukraine
In August 2020, Vladimir Domnin was sentenced in Russia to 9 years’ imprisonment for supporting Ukraine in the conflict in Donbas
Model concentration camp deployed in Russia for Putin regime’s rewriting of history
A replica concentration camp for schoolchildren has been built in Karelia (northern Russia), with the first kids due to be taken there for a ‘patriotic weekend’ in December
No end to Russia’s revenge for Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity
If Russia’s protection of suspected Maidan killers can be seen to have a political objective, the motive behind the ongoing persecution of Ukrainians involved in the Maidan protests seems solely about revenge.
More Than 1,000 Detained In Belarus As Protesters Face Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Beatings
Most detentions were made in Minsk, where black-clad security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of demonstrators.
Russia makes third try on the same debunked charges to jail historian of the Soviet Terror for 20 years
A third trial is due to begin on 24 November of Yury Dmitriev, world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror and Russian political prisoner.
Russia launches dangerous new ‘foreign agent’ offensive against independent NGOs
New plans are underway to further stifle Russian human rights organizations and other NGOs whom the authorities have labelled ‘foreign agents’
Ukrainian political prisoner draws the life Russia has taken from him
Viktor Shur has sent his daughter his latest works from the Russian prison colony where the 63-year-old Ukrainian is imprisoned on fabricated charges
Russian ‘pride’ over invasion and annexation of Crimea is fading fast
There has been a significant decline in the number of Russians declaring pride in what the pollsters call the ‘reunification of Crimea’
Belarus: Savage attack and possible 3-year sentences against journalists reporting March against Terror
Lukashenka is using ever more savage methods against Belarusians who want him to go, with 300 detained on 1 November, yet pensioners coming out on 2 November for their biggest demonstration so far
Six-year sentence in Russia for exposing FSB trick to imprison young Putin critics
A Russian court has sentenced Pavel Rebrovsky to six years’ imprisonment after the young man found the courage to retract false testimony given under pressure and to reveal the truth about one of the FSB’s most cynical attacks on young people with opposition views.
Stalin Terror echoes in monstrous sentences for totally fictitious ‘Network’ in Putin’s Russia
Although there is nothing unusual in today’s Russia about political trials on fabricated charges, nor about the use of torture, this case stands out as young left-wing activists received up to 18 years for involvement in a ‘terrorist’ organization that never existed
Belarusian Police Detain More Than 90 As Protests Enter 11th Week
Belarusian police detained more than 90 people during the latest rally to demand that authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka step down as a political standoff enters its 11th week
New Russian draft bill envisages criminal liability for telling inconvenient truth about the USSR in WWII
Since one Russian has already faced prosecution for reposting a text rightly stating that the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939, this new law seems set to stifle discussion about the Second World War
Belarus threatens to use lethal force against protesters as pensioners march for freedom
The timing of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s latest attempt to crush protests against his illegitimate rule in Belarus could not have been more appropriate
“Blame the Russian Federation for my death”. Journalist Iryna Slavina driven to self-immolation
Iryna Slavina, chief editor of the independent website Koza.Press and target of numerous attempts to silence a courageously outspoken journalist and civic activist, set fire to herself outside the police headquarters in Nizhniy Novgorod on 2 October.
Russian Historian Yuri Dmitriev sentenced to 13 years in revenge for restoring the truth about the Soviet Terror
This is an effective death sentence for the 64-year-old historian and political prisoner, and one that was passed behind closed doors in the absence of his lawyer and with Dmitriev himself prevented from properly taking part
Voices for Freedom – Show Kremlin hostage Volodymyr Dudka and Russia he’s not forgotten
We believe, and hope you agree, that our voices should be heard in defence of the victims of persecution, rather than our silence helping the perpetrators
Russia seeks surreal 8-year extension to sentence against abducted Ukrainian political prisoner
Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Shumkov is due to be released from a Russian prison on 24 December 2020, however the prison administration has asked for him to be placed under ‘administrative surveillance’ for a further eight years