Analytics and Interview

On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


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The exhibition ‘Ryazan 1937. Black Jubilee’ is now online

Editors of the website have now made it possible to view online material from the Ryazan Memorial Society’s unique documentary exhibition “Ryazan 1937. Black Jubilee”.

Lev Ponomarev: In Memory of Vladimir Shaklein

This morning Vladimir Andreevich Shaklein passed away at an untimely age in Ekaterinburg. He had recently celebrated his 75th birthday. It is normally public figures from Moscow that receive all the attention, but this time I would like to write a few words about a simple engineer from the Urals, who was really a living legend. And perhaps I will also help readers to better understand what is meant by the expression ‘old dissident’.

In Memory of Yury Markovich Schmidt

Svetlana Gannushkina: Yury Markovich Schmidt – our friend, colleague and defender – has passed away. We cannot say that his passing was unexpected: we all knew how seriously ill he was and how terribly he suffered. But this knowledge offers no comfort or preparation for the shocking blow of realising that something is gone and will never return...

Voronezh human rights defender Alexey Kozlov threatened again

On January 2, 2013 Alexey Kozlov, human rights activist and environmentalist from Voronezh, received another phone call with threats. The first call was on December, 5.

Article 282 under Debate at "Memorial"

On Thursday, December 20, “Memorial” held a round table discussion on Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code. The Article envisions criminal sanctions for “incitement of national, racial, or religious enmity” and is part of the legislation aimed at combating extremism. Opponents say that the authorities more often than not use Article 282 to persecute their political opponents.

Police Raid in the Voronezh Human Rights House

The premises of the Human Rights House-Voronezh were searched today by the police. Altogether eight plain-clothes police officers entered the premises, searching through all documents, but refusing to identify themselves and maintaining that they do have a search warrant for all organisations registered at this address (including commercial organisations and political groups). However, no search warrant was given to the representatives of the organisations.

Campaign “Against Article 6.13.1” in Russia

On December 19, 2012, the State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider in the first reading a draft law banning the so-called “propaganda of homosexualism” nationally.

Russia’s NGOs presented shadow report on torture at the UN in Geneva

Thursday, November 8, Russia’s Non-Governmental Organizations presented their report to the members of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) as part of the official hearings on Russian Federation’s compliance with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Russia is being propelled down a familiar tragic path: Statement from the International Society ''Memorial''

Thirty-eight years ago, on 30 October 1974, prisoners from camps in the Mordovia and Perm regions, along with those from Vladimir Prison, marked a 'Day of the Political Prisoner' for the first time in the USSR with hunger strikes and other acts of protest.

A Gathering of Human Rights Activists

On 22-23 of September the Moscow Helsinki Group held a conference for its regional partners. Moscow human rights activists were, naturally, also invited. This type of general meeting was necessary because the working conditions for human rights activists are changing dramatically, as incidentally are the circumstances in the country as a whole. Of course our colleagues in the regions are following events and are aware of the new laws, but if it is difficult for us in Moscow to fully understand how they will affect us all, it must be even more difficult for them to get to grips with. That was why the conference was organised, so that specialists could explain the essence of the new laws (on rallies, defamation, NGOs, and others), answer the questions which our colleagues undoubtedly have and to put our heads together to figure out how we can work in these new conditions.