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
Kremlin Ukrainian hostage denied critical medication, then punished as health deteriorates
Russian prison authorities are preventing Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Marchenko from regularly receiving thyroid hormone medication, needed to compensate for a removed thyroid and to prevent the cancer he once survived from returning
Comparing Stalin to Hitler could soon get you prosecuted in Russia, saying they both invaded Poland already has
Prominent Russian legislators have tabled a bill which would ban any public statements likening the roles played by the USSR and Nazi Germany in World War II.
Prominent Russian human rights lawyer arrested for doing his job
The Russian FSB burst into Ivan Pavlov’s hotel room in Moscow early on 30 April, carried out a search and detained the well-known lawyer and head of the legal and journalist initiative Team 29.
23-year sentence for social media posts about religious persecution and for faith in Russia
As has been the case in all analogous trials involving Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses from occupied Crimea, the ‘indictment’ against Rayis Mavliutov pointed only to legal activities normal for any devout believer
Terrorism charges in Russia – for a social media repost and for supporting Ukraine
There are strong grounds for believing that Darya Polyudova is imprisoned because of her unwavering support for Ukraine, opposition to Russian aggression and her defence of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners
Court in Russia ignores torture in Donbas, abduction and zero evidence for Ukrainian’s 10-year sentence
The lack of any grounds for the charges the FSB brought against 50-year-old Oleksandr Marchenko also proved no problem
Russia blocks military archives in further effort to distort the truth about World War II
Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu has issued orders which effectively block almost all access to Russian military archives from the period of the Second World War
Ukrainian tortured in Donetsk concentration camp, then sentenced to 10 years in Russia
A first appeal hearing has taken place in the Russian city of Krasnodar in a case that is likely to prove most incriminating for Moscow when it reaches the European Court of Human Rights, not to mention the International Criminal Court
Belarus KGB arrest journalist who identified the Ukrainian Berkut helping Lukashenka regime
Dzianis Ivashin has been placed in detention after exposing the deployment of Russian fighters, involved in Russia’s invasion of Crimea and war in Donbas, as well as ex-Berkut officers, in propping up the regime of Aleksandr Lukashenka
Russia destroys major human rights NGO with new ‘foreign agent’ restrictions
Moscow has finally achieved its end and brought about the dissolution of one of the country’s most renowned human rights NGOs: ‘For Human Rights’, defending the ever-mounting numbers of political prisoners in Russia and occupied Crimea
Russia exploits war veterans for offensive against opposition activists and historical truth
The recent use of a World War II veteran for Russia’s politically motivated persecution of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has whetted the appetite of those Russian ruling party politicians responsible for legislating repression
Threats against Crimean political prisoner sentenced to 14 years for pleading innocent
Russian prison authorities are effectively threatening reprisals against Oleksiy Bessarabov because he is refusing to hand over the Ukrainian government’s grant to him as a political prisoner in order to pay a preposterous fine
First sentence in Russia against activist from an ‘undesirable organization’
41-year-old Anastasia Shevchenko, who has spent over 2 years under house arrest, was the first person to face criminal charges for peaceful activism as a member of Open Russia
Russia reverts to worst Soviet times in reprisal sentence against historian of the Terror Yury Dmitriev
A Russian cassation court has ignored glaring infringements of the right to a fair trial and upheld a 13-year sentence against world-renowned historian and head of the Karelia Memorial Society, Yury Dmitriev.
Exposing the ‘experts' who secretly help to imprison Crimean and Russian political prisoners
An important new initiative has begun exposing those academics providing the dodgy ‘expert assessments’ most often used to convict Crimean or Russian political prisoners on fabricated charges
Russia threatens criminal prosecution over calls to impose sanctions
Over the past year, Russia has already introduced criminal liability and very steep sentences against those seeking an end to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. The proposed new legislation would add yet another weapon to the arsenal.