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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


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Refugees from Chechnya: 20 years in search of asylum

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Awareness-raising campaign on June 20, 2014 - World Refugee Day.

Every year on June 20 the World Refugee Day is celebrated worldwide to draw attention to the problems of people forced to flee their homes, saving their lives and seeking asylum in foreign countries. Today Chechen refugees constitute the largest group of migrants from Russia to Europe. The First Chechen War started 20 years ago in December 1994*.

On June 20, 2014, 20 years after the beginning of these tragic events we are initiating an international awareness campaign: «Refugees from Chechnya: 20 years in search of asylum».

We think it's important to tell about the situation of migrants and refugees from Chechnya: why they leave and still cannot return home.

From 20th to 30th of June 2014, in various cities of Russia and Europe we plan to hold a series of informational and educational activities on this topic (press conferences, presentations, round table discussions). We would like to invite you to participate.

We invite all people who care to join the campaign and contribute in any way they can. If you would like to participate in the campaign or help us, we are ready to tell you how this could be done and provide support.

Please follow us on Facebook or contact at, preferably before June 15, 2014

The campaign is organized by Civic Assistance Committee together with the Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance and related to the International action in support of refugees in Europe arranged by the European Network Against Racism, nationalism and fascism and in support of migrants and refugees UNITED (, and supported by the International Minority Rights Group (

* As a consequence of the war, thousands of peaceful civilians have been forced to leave the Chechen Republic and to move to other regions of Russia or to seek asylum in foreign countries. After the first military campaign followed the second, so-called anti-terrorist operation, which lasted a decade until its abolition in 2009. According to official information sources, from then on the Chechnya was safe. The news worldwide show rebuilt Grozny, grand celebrations, happy faces of people on the streets. However, people still continue to leave the republic and many refugees and internally displaced persons from Chechnya are in no hurry to return to their motherland. They are ready to overcome difficulties of integration in new life circumstances and prefer to adapt to a foreign culture, rather than going back to the so-called "peaceful life" on their native land. And they have good reasons for this.