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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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Anna. We shall remember you, mourn for you and learn from you

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On 7 October 2012, a picket was held at Moscow's Novopushkinsky Square in memory of Anna Politkovskaya. It was six years ago that the Novaya Gazeta journalist was murdered in the entrance to her apartment building on Moscow's Lesnaya Street. The identities of those who ordered the killing have not yet been established.


For some time, Moscow city council had refused to authorize the demonstration. At first, the city authorities did not allow the rally to go ahead at all on Pushkin Square on the grounds that all suitable sites would be occupied, and suggested that the organisers hold the event outside the Garden Ring road. However, officials later sanctioned a picket of 200 people.

Novopushkinsy Square was enclosed by metal barriers and a long line of people filed through the narrow entrance. According to the correspondent, the number of participants slightly exceeded that announced, despite a very strong wind that threatened to blow people over and tear objects out of demonstrators’ hands. However, law-enforcement officers clearly thought otherwise and did not intervene in proceedings. Unusually, there were few police officers present, either on foot or in police cars.