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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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Voronezh human rights defender Alexey Kozlov threatened again


On January 2, 2013 Alexey Kozlov, human rights activist and environmentalist from Voronezh, received another phone call with threats. The first call was on December, 5.

According to Alexey Kozlov himself, ‘the call was from the same number, the same person told that I should not take the situation so carelessly, the threats are real enough. He suggested meeting in ‘Shtab’ (Headquarte) café in one of  the most crminal area of Voronezh to inform me about the reasons for threats and prove that these threats are real.’

After the previous call on December 5, Alexey Kozlov reported to the police but he still has not received any response on whether the case regarding these threats was initiated.

Alexey Kozlov is the head of ECOSOCIS foundation, active participant of anti-nickel protests in Voronezh region, one of the leaders of freedom of assembly campaign in the region, an active participant and leader of so-called ‘winter protests’.

ECOSOCIS located in Voronezh Human Rights House which was searched on 19th of December by Investigation Committee of Russia because of the possible links with Bolotnaya case.

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