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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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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Yuri Ivaschenko. Uprooted.


FotoDepartament Foundation presents the exhibition: "Yuri Ivaschenko. Uprooted." 4 July – 4 August 2010.

Exhibition Hall / Ground Floor
Art and Music Center at Mayakovskiy Library/ Nevskiy prospect, 20
The exhibition opens on 4 July, Sunday, 6 p.m.

This documentary photography exhibition is devoted to two ethnic groups – batumi kurds and ezidi. The scene – Krasnodar krai, which became the new habitation place after the forced departure from the former abode.

The history of our country creates the phenomenon of the “uprooted” mind, that lives and develops on an unfamiliar territory. Not the mind of a single person, but of whole nations, relocated to hundred and thousand miles. Of course, the reasons for the displacement are different – Stalin's novelties and dreadful earthquake. Nevertheless this is not the common labour migration of nowadays, when some people look forward to better life. This is the uprooting of vast forests, that might never take root at the new place...

The author did not want simply to display the authentic culture of these undoubtedly unique nations, to show it from outside, but to slightly open the doors to their houses to the viewers and invite them to look at their routine from within.

Curator of the exhibition: Oleg Klimov (Liberty.SU)

The project is supported by: International network Youth Human Rights Movement, UNITED network, Human Rights Center “Memorial”.

At the opening of the exhibition all the guests will have the possibility to get one photo book!

Yuri Ivaschenko, 1983, Krasnodar.
Photographer since 2004. Member of Liberty.SU, group of documentary photography. Since 2007 - photographer of Work on long-term photoprojects and also have assignments from magazines. Lives in Krasnodar.
Publications: Russian Reporter, Ogonyok, Le Monde 2, ZOOM (Ru).
House of Sand & Fog, within the frames of the project PROPER NOUN, Saint-Petersburg, Library of Maykovskiy, October 2007.
The Uprooted, Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Center, Moscow, March 2010.
Participation in festivals:
International Volga Biennale, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, July 2006, 2007;
I International Festival of Photography Photovisa, Krasnodar, October 2008.
Winner of National Grant for Young Photographer, Russia, 2006, 2007.