Analytics and Interview

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

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

In memory of Galina Kozhevnikova

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Galina Kozhevnikova, co-founder and deputy director of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, YHRM Honorary participant, passed away on March 5th.

Her name is known to all who take interest in the problems of xenophobia and intolerance in Russia. For many years her analytics gave the anti-fascist movement in our country necessary support for its work and food for thought. But Galina's contribution to the fight against xenophobia and nationalism is not limited to her reports and other publications. She was a unique person who could be an unbiased and balanced researcher and have a clear and coherent civil and human rights position at the same time. She was fearless and tireless, she would have continued her work despite of open threats and in recent months in spite of severe illness. Since Galina was one of the few truly public figures of anti-fascist movement, she often had to be under fire from critics and sometimes tolerate the expressions of outright hatred, but she withstood it with honor up to the last.

For many of us, YHRM participants, Galina was not just a brilliant expert, but a mentor as well. She conducted seminars for young activists on monitoring xenophobia, reviewed articles and publications, never denied in giving her professional help and advice. She infected us with her dedication, energy and capacity for work. She was always somebody to emulate. She has always been and remains a moral authority and an example of real courage for us.

Today we mourn Galina and feel an irretrievable loss. But at the same time Galina’s pass makes us recall the words of Joseph Brodsky: “The best we can do for somebody better than us is to follow his lead”.

Irina Aksenova, Konstantin Baranov, Julia Bashinova, Anastasia Denisova, Lena Dudukina, Dmitri Makarov, Alexandra Nazarova, Anastasia Nikitina, Andrey Yurov, and many others who knew Galya and continue to be inspired by her example.

Farewell words of friends and colleagues:

This is how she will be remembered: