Analytics and Interview

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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Borders Became Insuperable Again?


On the night of December 15 to 16th, the "New Times" magazine correspondent Natalia Morar was not allowed to enter Russia after her return to Moscow from foreign assignment. In the Domodedovo airport the border guards blocked her way to the territory of the Russian Federation pleaded to the instruction from the Federal Service of Security.

She had to pass the night in the room for deported persons and then take a plane to Chisinau (as she has a Moldavian citizenship) without receiving any official explanations of the reasons for her deportation.
Natalia has been living in Moscow for six years, she graduated from the Moscow State University and worked as a journalist in Russia. She has submitted the papers to obtain the Russian citizenship.

One of the versions explaining the actions of the Russian security forces is the reaction to her recent publication revealing scandalous facts of corruption inside the Kremlin.

Regarding this situation, a statement was made by some Russian NGOs, such as the Interregional labor union of journalists and media workers, the International Youth Human Rights Movement and the Movement of civil
actions "GROZA": "The government actions on deporting Natalia Morar contradict the official declarations of care about the so-called "former compatriots" without Russian citizenship after the collapse of the Soviet Union. We demand an explanation of the reasons for such a radical measure undertaken by the Russian officials. We also appeal to the officials to
grant Natalia Morar Russian citizenship in order to correct the consequences of this situation".