Prison sentences demanded for young Putin critics tricked into FSB-created ‘extremist’ group
Even by modern Russian standards, the ‘Novoye Velichiye’ case stands out since the 10 victims, including a 17-year-old girl, were accused of organizing an ‘extremist organization’ which was, in fact, entirely created by an FSB infiltrator.
Top Lukashenka Challenger Babaryka Barred From Belarus’s Presidential Election
A top challenger to Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been barred from running in the country’s election next month amid growing public discontent over the Belarusian authoritarian leader’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic
New Russian law proposes 10-year sentence for seeking return of Crimea to Ukraine
A week after a fake referendum was used to push through changes to Russia’s Constitution, a draft bill has been introduced aimed at criminalizing any suggestion that Russia should return annexed Crimea to Ukraine
Russian prosecutor demands 15-year sentence against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev
Russia’s cynical rerun of its trial of world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror, Yuri Dmitriev, is coming to an end with the prosecutor on 7 July demanding a 15-year sentence in a maximum security prison
Memorial: Yuri Dmitriev is innocent and should be freed
The second trial is coming to an end of Yuri Dmitriev, historian and head of the Karelian Memorial Society, our friend and colleague.
Russia secretly imprisons Ukrainian footballer for 9 months, then charges him with ‘spying’ for Ukraine
News only emerged of the arrest of 53-year-old former footballer Vasyl Vasylenko on 6 July 2020, nine months after he was arrested in Moscow
Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva convicted on ‘terrorism’ charge for criticizing state terror
“I am not afraid of criticizing the state. I am not afraid of criticizing the law enforcement system, and of telling the FSB that they are at times wrong. Because I know that it will really get frightening if I don’t say this, if nobody says it” - from Svetlana Prokopyeva’s final address to a Russian court
Covid-19 outbreak in Russian prison where Ihor Kiyashko was jailed after seeking medication for his son
Ihor Kiyashko, a Ukrainian lawyer imprisoned in Russia on bizarre ‘spying’ charges, has been placed in a prison medical unit with potentially serious health issues, including thrombophlebitis, a blood clotting disorder which has developed in the appalling conditions of Russian prisons and high blood pressure
Belarusian Vlogger Gets Another 15 Days In Jail As He Awaits Criminal Charges
Syarhey Tsikhanouski, a jailed Belarusian vlogger who is seeking to take part in an August presidential election and facing criminal charges, has been sentenced to additional 15 days in jail on a charge of "disobeying the police."
CoE’s Russian partner persecutes 90-year-old believer & hundreds of Crimean & Russian political prisoners
A Russian body which boasts of collaboration with the Council of Europe has added Rimma Vashchenko, a 90-year-old Jehovah’s Witness to its notorious ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’, which also contains the names of over 80 Ukrainian political prisoners
AI condemns purge on bloggers & activists ahead of presidential elections in Belarus
Amnesty International has demanded the release of all bloggers and activists recently arrested in Belarus, including three prominent bloggers - Ihar Losik, Syarhei Pyatrukhin and Syarhei Sparish – who were arrested on 25 June.
Russia admits its constitutional changes are aimed at making return of Crimea to Ukraine “impossible”
The co-chair of Putin’s working group on amendments to the Constitution has openly acknowledged that one of the additions is aimed at preventing any legislative initiative that would end Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea.
Sentenced to eight years in a Russian prison for being Ukrainian
Two Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia would almost certainly not be there were it not for their nationality, and there may well be many more such victims
Free Yury Dmitriev!
International appeal calling on Russian to release Yury Dmitriev, historian of the Gulag and Terror and, since December 2016, a political prisoner
Russia uses punitive psychiatry to imprison shaman publicly seeking to exorcise Putin
Russia is increasingly reinstating Soviet punitive psychiatry, with the victim this time a Siberian shaman, Alexander Gabyshev who wanted to drive out Russian President Vladimir Putin like an evil spirit
In Memory: Sergei Mokhnatkin, the human rights defender Putin’s Russia mercilessly destroyed
66-year-old journalist, human rights defender and former political prisoner, Sergei Mokhnatkin, has died in Moscow, seemingly of complications from the serious spinal injuries inflicted by prison staff during one of his politically-motivated sentences.
Russian Deputy Defence Minister: ’Why should we be ashamed of Stalin?’
While Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face has – for now – been removed from a mosaic in the new Russian Defence Ministry Cathedral, mass murderer Joseph Stalin remains. This is our history, the Deputy Minister of Defence claims, and what is there to be ashamed of?
Russia removes memorial to Katyn Massacre in new attack on historical truth
On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Russian officials have removed plaques commemorating Polish officers executed by the NKVD in 1940, while the Soviet Union was still collaborating with Nazi Germany
Imprisoned Russian Historian of the Terror in grave danger as Covid-19 found in prison
Russian scholars, cultural and political figures have addressed an urgent appeal to the head of the High Court in Karelia, asking for the release from detention of 64-year-old Yuri Dmitriev, a world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror and recognized political prisoner