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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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All-Russian actions of motorists


On the 21st of December All-Russian action of motorist against increase of gasoline price, rise in housing and communal services tariffs', as well as customs duty, took place. In a number of cities, for example, Vladivostok, actions were cruelly pressed by police and special police squad. In other cities, for example, Belgorod, protesting people were beforehand intimidated to prevent their participation in actions.

Actions took place in the cities of Vladivostok, Astrakhan, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Saint-Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Khabarovsk, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Tyumen, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Belgorod, Barnaul, Blagoveshchensk.

Alexey Kozlov ("GROZA" Movement) comments: "Motorists' actions confirmed the opinion that the freedom of assembly is the last political right enjoyed by Russian citizens. And this right is quite effective even in such "democratic" conditions. We can characterize the reaction of authorities in two words: feebleness and ungiftedness. Several years of the so-called "stability" absolutely depraved Russian authorities that can't even imagine that they can carry on negotiations with protesting people. They have the only recipe – special police squad. If the Vladivostok special police squad is unreliable (this is symptomatic at the beginning of crisis actions), then the authorities send the Moscow region special police squad.

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