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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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This document was initiated by the Human Rights Watch, the Moscow Helsinki Group, the Inter-regional Human Rights Association "Agora", the Youth Human Rights Movement and the Human Rights Resource Centre. The proposals of human rights defenders directed to the Ministry of Justice are the results of discussion at the "round table" which took
place on April 8th in the Independent Press Centre. The initiatives to change the NGO legislation concern establishment and registration, reporting and inspections of the Russian non-governmental organizations.


We are shocked. When honest people, who are fighting for the truth and justice, are killed 100 meters away from the Kremlin in the very center of Moscow - this is eternal disgrace.

Stas Markelov was a well-known human rights defender and antifascist. As a lawyer he protected the rights of eco-defenders, antifascists, Chechen regufees, victims of police tortures and many others whom our state failed to provide with defence or vice versa, violated their rights.

Nastya Baburova, the journalist of "Novaya Gazeta", was also the activist of many street actions against illegal housing development.

We condole with the families of the murdered activists.


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.


The 16th of December is one year's anniversary of Natalia Morar's, the special correspondent of "The New Times" magazine, being forbidden to enter the territory of Russia. The action devoted to this event was organized.

Participants of the meeting attracted attention not only to Natalia Morar, but also to the general level of freedom in modern Russia, to censorship, civil rights, to the facts that official mass media keep silent of and independent journalists try to speak of.

The slogans of the action were:


It was a civil meeting, held without banners of organizations.

The action's website


On the 9th December, 2008 in the "ROSBALT" press-centre a presentation of the joint project of Transparency International – Russia and Youth Human Rights Movement "Anti-corruption WebRoom" (ASK), which is aimed at reducing the level of everyday corruption, took place.

Project was presented by Elena Panfilova, the director of Transparency International – Russia, and Ivan Ninenko, the "Anti-corruption WebRoom" project manager, participant of the YHRM, member of the "Legal Team".


"On this Human Rights Day, it is my hope that we will all act on our collective responsibility to uphold the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration. We can only honour the towering vision of that inspiring document when its principles are fully applied everywhere, for everyone."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Amnesty International is calling for a full investigation into the legality of a raid by law enforcement officers at the office of an independent research and information centre in St Petersburg, amid concerns that serious violations of Russian law were committed during the process.


A popular wisdom says if a force could not be fought, it should be led. There is an impression that this is the way Russia chose to shape a civil society.

So, the general course of the Third NGO Congress organized by the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe on December 4-7, 2008 in Penza, the Russian Federation, served as yet another illustration for the Russian government concept of "guided" or "imitating" democracy. The first two congresses were held in Warsaw and Kyiv (2007).


On 4 December, following a decision passed by the City Prosecutor, a search was undertaken of the research and information centre "Memorial" in St. Petersburg, the organization researching the history of the Stalinist Terror . The search was carried out under the pretext of an investigation into the case of what the Prosecutor asserts was an "extremist" publication a year and a half ago in a newspaper called "New Petersburg".



Police in the capital, Chisinau, took no action yesterday as the Chair of Amnesty International's branch in Moldova, Igor Grosu, and several other participants of a peaceful demonstration were injured.

"It is not the first time that the police in Moldova have failed to protect demonstrators from unidentified attackers, thus violating the right to freedom of expression," said Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International.

"Law enforcement officials' tolerance of such behaviour casts doubt on the government's determination to uphold their international obligations for the protection of human rights."