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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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Assault on Representatives of Komi Human Rights Commission (KPK) “Memorial”


On Saturday, 18 May 2013, as reported by the Internet portal “7x7”, representatives of the national-patriotic movement “Northern Frontier” (Rubezh severa) tried to disrupt a public meeting of the Komi Human Rights Commission “Memorial” in Syktyvkar city, Republic of Komi.

The meeting started at 10 am in the Anticafe “Campus” (Sovietskaya street 8) in the presence of bloggers and journalists. When the chairman of the meeting, Igor Sazhin, was giving an account of the activities of “Memorial” in the years 2011-2013, members of “Northern Frontier”, including their leader Aleksey Kolegov and his fellows, burst into the cafe. They were shouting “Down with foreign agents”, holding bills on which was written “Homeland for sale, low price”.

Oddly enough, as the Internet release points out, “officials of the law-enforcement authorities appeared at the cafe just a few minutes after the beginning of the scuffle, as if they had waited for the incident to happen exactly at that place and time”.

The participants of the meeting pushed the intruders out of the “Campus” and the scuffle continued on the street. Kolegov's fellows poured ketchup over some KPK representatives and then fled. Three attackers were detained. At 12 am the police arrived at the anticafe and began to interrogate the witnesses.

It is also reported, that despite of the attempt to disrupt it, the meeting was still held.

As for the recent admonition from the prosecutor's office, the members of KPK “Memorial” underlined, that it would be contested in court, inasmuch as the KPK isn't engaged in any political activities.