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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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Crude Accountability Issues a New Report on the Financial and Administrative Management of Turkmenistan's Oil and Gas Sector "THE PRIVATE POCKET OF THE PRESIDENT (BERDYMUKHAMEDOV):OIL, GAS AND THE LAW"


Crude Accountability announces the publication of a new report, “The Private Pocket of the President (Berdymukhamedov): Oil, Gas and the Law, which examines the role of the State Agency for the Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources Under the President in the distribution of revenue from oil and gas sales in Turkmenistan.The report focuses on the creation of the Agency, which carries full responsibility for management of petroleum operations in Turkmenistan, including receipt of monies, exploration, extraction, transport and warehousing of oil and gas by foreign investors. The Agency reports directly to the President of Turkmenistan and is responsible for oversight of all monitoring of petroleum operations, including environmental, financial and labor issues.

One of the main findings of the report is the fact that the Agency is required to place only twenty percent of the revenues it receives into the State Budget; the rest of the funds can be used at the Agency's discretion and are not taxable. In this way, eighty percent of the revenue from petroleum operations coming into the country is not accountable to the public and is under total and single control of the President.

“This report provides new information to international organizations, including petroleum companies and international finance institutions, about the complete control over hydrocarbon resources by the State Agency, and, more importantly, by President Berdymukhamedov,” stated Kate Watters, Executive Director of Crude Accountability. “Any company, government or IFI that engages in the oil and gas sector will be contributing directly to the theft of resources from the Turkmen people by the President and the State Agency.”

The report describes the legal transformation of previous government structures that governed petroleum operations under the oversight of the Cabinet of Ministers, to the current situation in which the Agency has usurped not only management and use, but sole financial and legal oversight of the oil and gas sector.

The report is available on Crude Accountability's website: