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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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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 Reception Point for Labour Migrants Opens in Sochi


On 16 July 2012 HRC Memorial's network “Migration and Law” began work in Sochi. Visitors can receive free legal assistance at the Sochi reception point.


The “Migration and Law” Sochi reception point's work is primarily directed towards providing consultations and legal assistance for labour migrants. At the reception point, migrants can familiarize themselves with legislative and other informational materials, receive a consultation with a lawyer, and gain assistance in preparing applications to administrative and judicial bodies. All services are provided free.

Semen Simonov, the coordinator of the reception point, said that “Uzbekistan citizens whose rights had been violated by their employers applied to us on the opening day. We will study the available documents and decide on further actions. It is possible that we will defend the victims' rights in court.”

The Sochi human rights defenders' first successful matter before the opening of the reception point was participating in negotiations with the company 'SU-45' on the payment of outstanding wages to builders from Tajikistan. As a result, nine workers received their full outstanding amount.

Together with this, reception point representatives are conducting an educational campaign amongst labour migrants who are arriving at the construction sites in Sochi on the necessity to negotiate contracts and observe the rules of migration law.

At the present moment, the network “Migration and Law” comprises 50 reception points and covers more than 45 regions in Russia in which a total of 80% of all forced migrants live. This is one of Memorial Human Rights Center's programs.

Address of the reception point: Sochi, Adler village, 204 Lenin Street, 2nd floor.
Reception days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 14:00 to 20:00.
Tel: +7-918-001-60-18 (Semen Simonov).