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"[...] the striving for freedom never died out in Russia, and over the centuries 
in each generation there have been people who devoted their lives to the struggle for freedom, and sacrificed their lives for freedom's sake."
 
Liudmila Alekseeva (1927-2018)

                                                                                            
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News from Human Rights Groups in Russia

  • Golos: Main News of the Week 25 November - 1 December 2019 30 December 2019Everything you need to know about elections for the past weekCorrectional labour for human rights activistThe Magistrate’s Court in Khimki has assigned Roman Udot 320 hours of correctional labour. He was found guilty of threatening to murder some NTV reports who by chance ended up in Sheremetyevo Airport in the middle of the night and while they were there decided to taunt him, thus infuriating him. The court was not bothered by the multiple inconsistencies in the case and the forgery of evidence referred to by the defence.Together to free elections!How do we create an institution of elections that we trust? How to hold genuinely fair elections? We think about these questions ...
    Posted 2 Dec 2019, 11:40 by Translation Service
  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 131: The Moscow Case has a new defendant, and the Bolotnaya Square case continues 30 November 2019OVD-Info is a Moscow-based NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday OVD-Info sends out a mailing with the latest news, which is translated here. To receive the mailing in Russian, visit here.Hi!Yet another person has been charged in the Moscow Case; meanwhile, an LGBT activist from Komsomolsk-on-Amur continues her misadventures, and so does the Bolotnaya Square case.As for us – the latest episode of our podcast is out. In it, we look at freedom of assembly in the post-Soviet space. Ksiusha Sonnaia and her guests discuss whether there is any and where to find it.Another participant from the 27th July protests has been arrested ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2019, 13:19 by Translation Service
  • Declaration by Memorial and Moscow Helsinki Group to the Russian Investigative Committee concerning statements by Ramzan Kadyrov. 22 November 2019Source: Moscow Helsinki GroupPictured: Moscow Helsinki Group Co-Chair Vyacheslav BakhminTo A.I. Bastrykin, Chair of the Russian Federation Investigatory Committee.2, Tekhnichesky Lane, Moscow, 105005 In accordance with the authority vested in you, we write to request that you order an inspection to be conducted, in accordance with the procedure established by the Russian Federation Criminal-Procedural Code, and the question decided as to the existence of grounds for opening a criminal case in connection with the following circumstances. On 5 November 2019, Grozny ChGTRK [Chechen State Television and Radio Company] aired a statement by the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Akhmatovich Kadyrov, at a session of the Government of the Chechen ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2019, 07:43 by Translation Service
  • Golos: Main News of the Week 18-24 November 2019 24 November 2019Everything you need to know about elections for the past weekWho’s falsifying the case of Roman UdotUnbelievable and amazing details are coming to light in the case of our colleague Roman Udot. It turns out someone erased videos from the flash drive of the NTV pseudo-journalists, videos which didn’t fit their conception of things and spoke of Roman’s innocence. But we have restored them – see for yourself.The opening session on that case took place on 18 November; witnesses were heard and arguments from both sides were presented. The “injured parties” averred in all seriousness that they took seriously words about “biting out an Adam’s apple” and were frightened to ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2019, 07:52 by Translation Service
  • Team 29: How to fight Lucifer 23 November 2019 Hi. Natasha Korchenkova here.Late last week, I started to read the book The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo, author of the well-known Stanford Prison Experiment. He has dedicated his whole life to studying the nature of evil and has come to the conclusion that hidden influences in a situation can override the will of even the best person. However, writes Zimbardo, there are ways to counter unwanted social influences.I still haven’t finished the book, as we spent every day (and night) this week working on a special project on former political prisoners. But as it turned out, the project itself ended up being a little guide on countering evil. It was five interviews ...
    Posted 27 Nov 2019, 12:44 by Translation Service
  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 130: Individuals to be designated as 'foreign agents' and LGBT activist prosecuted for pornography 23 November 2019OVD-Info is a Moscow-based NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday OVD-Info sends out a mailing with the latest news, which is translated here. To receive the mailing in Russian, visit here.Hello, dear readers! This week the State Duma managed to pass two strange laws at once. It is proposed to enable the designation of individuals as 'foreign agents.' Holders of this status will have to register as a legal entity and add a ‘foreign agent’ label to everything they publish. Why is this important? According to the bill, anyone who publishes material on the internet and receives money from abroad or from Russian 'foreign agents' can be considered 'foreign ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2019, 08:02 by Translation Service
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Russia Advisory Committee ‎‎

  • Pavel Chikov: "To date, no one sentenced to life in prison in Russia has been released" 19 November 2019Source: Facebook To date, no one sentenced to life in prison in Russia has been released. Around 200 people have already served 25 years, after which time the law grants prisoners the right to apply for parole. There is one known case where the court granted a parole request — which was made by a convict from what is called the "Pyatak" penal colony in Vologda Oblast — but the prosecutor's office challenged the decision and it was canceled on appeal.Pyotr Stakhovtsev from Dubravlag was sentenced to life in prison and has been serving his sentence since 1989. He is a former major in the Soviet police, convicted for forming a gang responsible for murders and robberies ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2019, 13:19 by Translation Service
  • Lev Ponomarev: A human rights organization is obligated not to be on friendly terms with the State, but rather to make demands of it 14 November 2019Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Nastoyashchee vremya]On 1 November, Russia’s Supreme Court closed down For Human Rights, which had been operating for more than 20 years, since 1997. The movement was headed up by Lev Ponomarev, a well-known Russian human rights activist, an associate of Academician Sakharov, and a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. The Supreme Court cited as its reason for closing down the organization “violations of legislation.” During the Free Russia forum in Vilnius, Lev Ponomarev talked to journalists from Nastoyashchee vremya about the discussion within the opposition’s ranks and about the creation of a new human rights organization. On the role of human rights activists “If we’re ...
    Posted 25 Nov 2019, 08:50 by Rights in Russia
  • Pavel Chikov: We are not about politics, we are about the law 21 September 2019Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source Ekho Moskvy]The number of positive things I’ve heard said about me today, I would only normally only expect to hear at my own funeral. I thank everyone for their warmth and support from the bottom of my heart. We live in amazing times: we have been cast out of the president’s Council and people congratulated us on our release, success and achievement; new friends arrive and subscribers sign up to social media. It’s as if we were being cast out of the Russian Communist Party in 1988 (this analogy is for old people). Now to business. In spite of losing its former splendour, the Presidential Council for ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2019, 14:00 by Translation Service
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International Advisory Committee

  • Halya Coynash: Russia is destroying 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace in occupied Crimea 10 January 2017By Halya CoynashSource: Human Rights in UkraineThere are compelling grounds for fearing that Russia’s so-called ‘restoration work’ on the world-renowned Khan’s ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2018, 09:53 by Rights in Russia
  • Halya Coynash: Russia turns to punitive psychiatry as its trial of jailed historian of the Terror collapses 28 December 2017By Halya CoynashSource: Human Rights in UkraineA second expert assessment has effectively overturned the entire case against Yury Dmitriev, renowned Russian historian and head of ...
    Posted 28 Dec 2017, 11:50 by Rights in Russia
  • Andreas Umland et al: "Council of Europe Should not Become Russia’s Trophy" Appeal of European experts to the members of the Council of Europe regarding the possibility of renewing the voting rights of Russian delegation despite Russia’s failure to comply with ...
    Posted 27 Dec 2017, 12:15 by Rights in Russia
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 We are not civil society. But we prepared the ground to enable civil society to emerge, and it has emerged." 


Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017)



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Our Blogs

  • Sergei Nikitin: 'Write a Letter' 12 November 2019 Sergei Nikitin headed Amnesty International's Moscow office from 2003 until 2017. He is a member of the advisory council of Rights in Russia.Five or six years ago, Amnesty International Russia conducted a joint project with Novaya gazeta: that Russian newspaper published the texts of perhaps the most famous writer in the Netherlands, a man by the name of Arnon Grunberg. Arnon had written regular columns for Amnesty International Netherlands, and after meeting me, he agreed to participate in a project of my devising: writing especially for the Russian reader. Novaya gazeta undertook to help. I remember that in one article Arnon wrote that civil disobedience in the West is perceived primarily as a symbol. As ...
    Posted 17 Nov 2019, 08:06 by Translation Service
  • Sergei Nikitin: Where do Russia's human rights lawyers find their strength? 20 October 2019 Sergei Nikitin headed Amnesty International's Moscow office from 2003 until 2017. He is a member of the advisory council of Rights in Russia.When you talk about Russian human rights activists, you always think of the lawyers who tirelessly defend the rights of those activists. I never tire of praising these professional lawyers, who do not spare themselves in the fight for truth and the rule of law. Things are very bad with the rule of law in Russia, and you can’t help thinking, where do these admirable people find their strength? Irina Biryukova, a lawyer from the human rights NGO Public Verdict Foundation, shares her thoughts and feelings on social media: “Right now everyone ...
    Posted 20 Oct 2019, 11:05 by Translation Service
  • Sergei Nikitin on this month's Moscow city elections: "Influencing policy in the city by lawful means has become impossible" 29 September Sergei Nikitin headed Amnesty International's Moscow office from 2003 until 2017. He is a member of the advisory council of Rights in Russia.This year, the second half of summer and the start of autumn were marked by the elections to the Moscow City Duma and the associated protests. Many people followed attentively how independent candidates prepared to stand in the run up to the elections. They collected signatures from supporters, tried to publicise as widely as possible their plans for what they would do if elected, and went out to meet people. It seemed an interesting prospect: not only pro-Kremlin candidates would take part in the elections to the Moscow City Duma, but also those ...
    Posted 20 Oct 2019, 11:06 by Translation Service
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Interviews

  • Valery Borshchev: 'We’re going back to 1937.' About the alleged discovery of opposition training camps 19 November 2019An interview with Valery Borshchev, co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group.Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: NSN]Foreign-funded “camps” for training organisers of protest actions have allegedly been discovered in a number of Russia’s regions, members of the parliamentary commission on investigation of foreign interference in Russia’s domestic affairs have announced. They also took the initiative at the legislative level to introduce a special criminal punishment for those who have been trained there and taken part in the organisation of rallies.The human rights defender and Moscow Helsinki Group co-chair, Valery Borshchev in a conversation with the National News Service stated that he does not believe these kind of “camps” exist ...
    Posted 27 Nov 2019, 13:10 by Translation Service
  • Mikhail Fedotov: 'I very much regret the things we were not able to do.' 30 October 2019Interview with Mumin Shakirov Photo: ru.wikipedia.orgSource: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Radio Svoboda] Eight days ago, the Chair of the Presidential Human Rights Council, Mikhail Fedotov, was dismissed by presidential decree. Fedotov had headed the Council for nine years. Also removed were Pavel Chikov, head of the human rights group Agora; political scientist Ekaterina Shulman; professor Ilya Shablinsky of the Higher School of Economics; and Evgeny Bobrov, director of the human rights organization Voskhod. Observers are certain that those expelled from the group are paying for their support of civil rights activists prosecuted in the Moscow Case. Mikhail Fedotov has another perspective. He spoke about it in an interview with Radio Svoboda: You were ...
    Posted 17 Nov 2019, 12:08 by Rights in Russia
  • Genri Reznik: Politics has overpowered the law 18 October 2019 An interview with Genri ReznikSource: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Sobesednik]Photo of Genri Reznik: Novaya gazetaMoscow City Court has sentenced Konstantin Kotov, who participated in the recent Moscow protests, to four years’ imprisonment. Lawyer Henry Reznik reflects on how the Moscow protests became a litmus test for society, the government and the judicial system. Reznik is the vice-president of the Russian Federal Bar Association and first vice-president of the Moscow Bar Association. He is also a member of both the Moscow Helsinki Group and the Presidential Human Rights Council. Many lawyers believe the trial and investigation following the ‘Moscow case’ was unprecedentedly speedy and unjust. Do you agree? I do! Kotov was ...
    Posted 7 Nov 2019, 00:46 by Translation Service
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  • Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia hold discussion of trial of historian Yury Dmitriev [full version] On 19 December 2017 Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia held a joint event to discuss the trial of Yury Dmitriev, a Gulag researcher, who has been locating and exhuming the mass graves of Stalin's victims since 1980s. He was arrested on 13th December 2016 and remanded in custody on trumped-up charges. His trial started in June 2017 and is still going on. The Dmitriev affair was discussed by lawyers and human rights activists. The event was chaired by John Crowfoot, researcher and translator and a trustee of Rights in Russia, who has created the site https://dmitrievaffair.wordpress.com, and speakers included Dr. Andrea Gullotta of Glasgow University, a historian and specialist on the Solovki Special Purpose ...
    Posted 21 Dec 2017, 09:54 by Rights in Russia
  • Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia hold discussion of trial of historian Yury Dmitriev [excerpt] On 19 December 2017 Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia held a joint event to discuss the trial of Yury Dmitriev, a Gulag researcher, who has been locating and exhuming the mass graves of Stalin's victims since 1980s. He was arrested on 13th December 2016 and remanded in custody on trumped-up charges. His trial started in June 2017 and is still going on. The Dmitriev affair was discussed by lawyers and human rights activists. The event was chaired by John Crowfoot, researcher and translator and a trustee of Rights in Russia, who has created the site https://dmitrievaffair.wordpress.com, and speakers included Dr. Andrea Gullotta of Glasgow University, a historian and specialist on the Solovki Special Purpose ...
    Posted 21 Dec 2017, 09:52 by Rights in Russia
  • Anastasia Zotova speaks at London's Pushkin House On 20 April 2017 Russian human rights activist Anastasia Zotova spoke at London's Pushkin House at an event organized jointly by Rights in Russia and Index on Censorship. She was in the UK to represent her husband, released political prisoner Ildar Dadin, who was a finalist (and as it turned out a winning finalist) at the 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. Anastasia Zotova has done more than anyone in recent years to expose conditions in Russia’s large and often brutal penitentiary system.
    Posted 15 Jun 2017, 08:38 by Rights in Russia
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