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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


Youth Human Rights Movement

Overview of Russian after-election protests

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About 1,000 opposition protesters gathered in the center of Pushkin Square 5th of March chanting slogans. Despite thousands of riot police and special military units called into the city the main rally remained peaceful. Participants formed a human chain around the central fountain on the square. Police threatened to break up the protest, which the protesters said was legal, for almost an hour, before it began to dislodge the protesters by force and shove them into waiting minibuses.
In St. Petersburg, more than 300 people were arrested at St. Isaac's Square when a group of between 800 and 5 thousand people participated in a protest against Sunday's election result. Among those arrested were several men who threw Molotov cocktails at police vehicles. In the response musician Yury Shevchuk, film director Aleksandr Sokurov, artist Dmitry Shagin and human rights defender Yuly Rybakov signed a letter to the governor of St. Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, protesting about the police action against demonstrators.
In the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Oblast Yekaterinburg turned up about 5000 of people. In Nizhny Novgorod police broke up a protest and detained around 50 to 60 protesters after about 1,000 of them gathered for a march and subsequent rally.
On the other hand in Kazan about 2.5 thousand industrial workers, state employees and trade unions members carrying flags of United Russia party attended in a victory rally. The participants were cheered up by local folk music band Volga-Volga. However among the Putin’s supporters gathered on the Liberation Square there were a few who had voted for other candidates but were forced to attend celebrations by their management, reported. Later in the same day less than one hundred people came to the square near Mullanur Vakhitov’s monument to discuss widespread reports of fraud. This time anti-Putin meeting failed with the football match Rubin vs. Spartak which attracted most of the potential protesters.

Further protests took place 10th March. 10,000 and 20,000 people lined an avenue near the Kremlin. Demonstrators heard calls not to recognize Mr Putin's re-election because of alleged widespread fraud. Police in riot gear made a number of arrests. Additionally protesters assembled on Novy Arbat, a wide avenue in the city centre lined by 1960s skyscrapers. However this time police didn't even need to stop the traffic on Novy Arbat street and block off the road.
Other, smaller protest rallies took place in St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. St. Petersburg police have detained several protesters who had attempted to stage an unauthorized demonstration on Ploshchad Vosstaniya. The day before, news of a planned unauthorized protest march along Neva Embankment spread on social media.
In Nizhny Novgorod the activists – about 200 – gathered at the cinema “October” Great Intercession on the street. Police and law enforcement agencies reported a megaphone that the rally is not authorized by, and asked the protesters to disperse. Despite this, a column of protesters began a march to the Great Intercession. The protesters were surrounded by riot police, who were detaining and pushing them into the police vans. According to Interfax, around 50 people have been arrested.
In Vladivostok took place women rally, where they hold flowers as a protest message.
In the response on brutal action taken by the police in Nizhny Novgorod The Steering Committee of EU-Russia Civil Society Forum expressed its protest: