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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.
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«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


Youth Human Rights Movement

The “Open city” seeks for authors!

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We invite you to become authors of the next issue of the antifascist magazine "Open city" "The extreme right and the authorities – love-hate relationship" (draft title), devoted to the recent advances of extreme-right political parties and politicians.

In recent years, politicians, that promote nationalist ideas, have been coming to power and are taking high positions in their states throughout Europe. While the official policies talk of promoting Human Rights and values of democracy, and the national legislations prohibit incitement of hatred, the ideas of extreme-right penetrate mainstream politics and the public opinion, even in the societies where the majority condemns fascism and Nazism.

We think it is important to highlight the problem of extreme right politicians and ideologists gaining votes and penetrating mainstream politics by using different tactics and tools to make their rhetoric and position legitimate and appropriate for voters. Our idea is not just to understand the methods that nationalists use legitimize themselves, but also to collect examples of the efficient actions of confronting this trend.

"Open city" is the antifascist magazine that is issued by Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance (YNRI), since 2006 and is disseminated mostly in the Russian-speaking space of Europe. Previous issues have been titled "Homophobia and Human Rights", "The Man and Borders" and were devoted to problems of homophobia and migrations. Pdf versions in Russian (with short English summaries) are available at

This magazine grew out of an antifascist bulletin that has been published since 2003 and highlighted different youth initiatives to combat racism, neo-Nazism and neo-fascism.

You can download the past issues of the bulletin in Russian at

"Open city" is disseminated free of charge.

We are planning to publish the next issue in the winter of 2008 and to make it bilingual: one part will be entirely in Russian, and the other one will contain original articles in English written by non-Russian speakers, as well as the Russian texts translated into English.

We are looking forward to getting from you:
* overviews of the tactics and tools used by the extreme right-wing in different countries to come to power and to make their activities and rhetoric legitimate;
* articles about cooperation between political leaders and extreme-right groups and how and why they support each other;
* reports of successful antifascist campaigns and actions to counteract nationalist rhetoric of the politicians and the state, to disclose the activities or position of certain figures of extreme-right;
* practical recommendations and methods of how to confront the extreme-right populism in the public space. Attention! The editors stand on the principles of non-violence, therefore we are not ready to propagate violent actions even towards far-right radicals.
* reviews of thematic books, manuals, movies and documentaries.

We accept texts in Microsoft Word format either in Russian or English, with the volume of not more than 10,000 symbols (including spaces).

Attention! Unfortunately, the magazine has no funds for author fees, and thus we are not in a position to offer our authors any fees for submitted materials.

Please, send us your texts to the e-mail address no later than August 15, 2008!

On behalf of the editorial team
of the antifascist magazine «Open city»
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Aksenova Irina