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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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The Death of Stalin: Project 05/03/53

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"Many people who were alive at the time of Stalin's death and burial are still alive today. We have the opportunity to try to understand what happened to the country during those days."

The Internet project 05/03/53 is dedicated to the period of 5-9 March 1953, the days encompassing the death and burial of the dictator Joseph Stalin. The main aim of the project's founders was to collect evidence from the people who lived through this period of events and try to reconstruct the public atmosphere of those days and the historical details which were not recorded in the official archives.

The main idea behind the project seems clear enough, but at the same time it is difficult to formulate it concisely. The death of the leader of the Soviet state, a man responsible for the deaths of millions of people, was the end of an entire era of state terror, the reverberations of which can still be felt in Russian society today.

However, the goal of the founders of the 05/03/53 project is not to take stock of Stalin's rule or to assess it — for them that has already been decided.

The wide range of reactions to the death of the "immortal leader," joy and sorrow, hope and fear, shock and confusion, the differences in behaviour of "fathers" and "children" give us the opportunity to better understand how a totalitarian society is structured, and acts as a kind of magnifying glass, allowing us to study in greater detail the social and psychological make-up of the Soviet citizen.

05/03/53 is a volunteer project, created through the efforts of many people. Special thanks from the initiators for their help and support go to Andrei Babitsky, Aleksandr Borzenko, Natalya Grebenshchikova, Mikhail Kaluzhsky, Anna Krasinskaya, Natalya Malykhina, Natalya Petrova, Irina Prokhorova, the Moscow House of Photography and its staff members Anna Zaitseva and Elena Misalandi, as well as Arseny Roginsky and other employees of the Memorial Society.

The founders of the 05/03/53 project have dedicated their work to the memory of those who died in the stampede of 6 March 1953, many of whom have never been identified.