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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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«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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Police against activists and journalists


On the 26th of January the representatives of opposition to the President of the Republic Ingushetia tried to arrange a protest action in the centre of Nazran. The idea of the meeting was to support “Putin’s course against corruption and terrorism”. The other aim was to make a decision what do with the signatures collected during the action “I haven’t voted”, which disclosed that the real number of people who came to election on the 2nd of December (election to the State Duma) was twice less than official results.

Law enforcement bodies declared this action illegal. In some regions of the republic a so-called contr-terroristic operation started. During the meeting there was a collision between the police and the demonstrators. Then fire was opened. Mass action was stopped.

Several journalists were arrested – among them a photocorrespondent of the RIA “Novosti” Said-Husein Tsarnaev and a correspondent of two Moscow newspapers Mustafa Kurskiev. Kurskiev who made photos of burning buildings
was bashed up.

Some journalists – special correspondents of the radio station “Moscow Echo”, a correspondent of Radio Liberty, journalist of “Novaya gazeta” and journalists of “The fifth channel” – were detained and held by the police until the evening. Then they were expelled out of Ingushetia.

The police also arrested and beat up human rights defenders from “Memorial”. They were examined as witnesses of the mass disorders.