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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

Informational and awareness-raising campaign "Youth and the Army"

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The meeting of the regional coordinators of the All-Russian Program "Informational and awareness-raising campaign "Youth and the Army" will take place in the middle of May in Moscow. The program is implemented in 10 regions of Russia.

The main topics of the meeting will be: discussing the current situation in the Russian army; youth attitudes to it and the strategy of public actions; developing basic campaign's tools (questionnaire, awareness-raising materials, ideas for slogans and symbols of the campaign), detailed planning of the campaign's stages, including regional activities.

The goals of the Program are:
1. Initiating public discussion on such a state institute as the army among young people;
2. Assisting to reforming the armed forces of the Russian Federation in compliance with the principles of Human Rights and international standards;
3. promoting the Alternative Civil Service.

The following actions will be carried out in the framework of the campaign: mass awareness-raising survey, distribution of the informational, enlightenment and problem materials concerning the situation in Russian army, public enlightenment arrangements for youth.