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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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Human rights activists Tamara Karasteleva needs help


Our colleague, human rights activist Tamara Karasteleva, needs help. Tamara was one of the leaders of Novorossiysk Committee for Human Rights (NCHR). At the moment, Tamara Karasteleva is in Tbilisi, Georgia, with acute leukemia. She is under chemotherapy and can barely talk. The Karastelevs need money to transport her to Moscow as soon as the doctors allow it. Moreover, she needs means to cover care. Patients aren’t provided with food in the Tbilisi hospital, they have to prepare food, as well as to buy special medicines. We do not have information on how long she has to be there.

We must remind that Novorossiysk Human Rights Committee has experienced numerous cases of harassment on behalf of the authorities of Krasnodar region. Slightly more than a month ago Tamara’s husband and human rights activist Vadim Karastelev was attacked, which lead to hospitalization. Later, due to continuous threats caused by NCHR’s human rights activities and unsafety, Vadim was transported to Moscow.

If you can help Tamara Karasteleva financially, here are account details. There are accounts in three currencies: dollars, rubles and Euros.

Rubles: AO “Bank VTB (Georgia)” Taxpayer Identification Number 202906427
Corresponding Account 30111810855550000052RUR
OAO “Vneshtorgbank” Moscow, Russia
 Corresponding Account 30101810700000000187
BIC 044525187
Receiver Karastelev Alexey A/C 217654516 RUR Receiver’s address: 26a Abashidze st., apt. 14, Tbilisi, Georgia

Euro: At:"VTB Bank Georgia" (Virtual Branch)
ACC: 217654516
NAME: Karastelev Alexey

Dollars At:"VTB Bank Georgia" (Virtual Branch)
At: Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas,
New York, USA
ACC: 217654516
NAME: Karastelev Alexey