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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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  • Golos: Headlines for the week 9 – 15 September 2019 15 September 2019Everything you need to know about elections from the last week Repressive measures against observers Searches in Saratov and Kazan, the blocking of personal accounts, the arrest of the Moscow coordinator, the accusation of publishing fakes, an attack on TV – ‘Golos’ is compelled to announce that real repressive measures against observers have begun in Russia. We have made an official statement. We connect the activity of the siloviki with the desire to intimidate the observer community and with the next stage of pressure on ‘Golos’. However, we shall still continue our work, because we exist for the sake of open elections and thanks to your support. Elections: the first results of voting day  This week we analysed ...
    Posted by Rights in Russia
  • Team 29: Stay sane in hell 14 September 2019  Hi, this is Tanya Torocheshnikova I spent last night on the M11 highway, travelling to St Petersburg to get the rest of my things to finalise my move to Moscow. I’ve spent almost a year in St Petersburg and am one of those rare people who moves there from Moscow, rather than vice versa. When I took the decision of course I supposed that I would miss my friends and relatives, and my trips to the cinema – but who knew that I would miss the rallies most of all? Throughout July, people gathered at Trubnaya Square in Moscow to support the independent candidates who had been barred from standing in the Moscow City Duma elections, and ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2019, 12:13 by Translation Service
  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 120: 150 searches and one Shaman 14 September 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.Greetings to our readers!How has this summer changed us? What has landed peaceful protesters behind bars? What small concessions have the authorities made to give us the impression that everything’s not so bad after all? Ksiusha Sonnaya and Lesha Polikhovich talk about all that in our latest podcast episode.“We recorded this episode at short notice in a basement full of boxes, instead of in a studio, so we ask you in advance to forgive us for ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2019, 12:21 by Translation Service
  • Team 29: Too late to hide; too late not to hide 9 September 2019Hi, Katya Arenina hereLast week, I gazed upon the backs of beluga whales in the White Sea, and felt generally pretty happy. But every now and then my mood faltered - I’m here enjoying my vacation alongside all kinds of wonderful animals, while people not dissimilar to myself are in prison.Fifteen people have already been charged following the “riots” against the non-admission of opposition candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections. The accusations are absurd, with some being arrested for hand gestures, as well as incidences of mistaken identity which have not been dropped.Worrying is meaningless, but helping is important. And while I may not have been there, our friends from the project ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2019, 11:31 by Translation Service
  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 119: Weeping Themis and over-sensitive law enforcement officers 7 September 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.Greetings, dear readers!Together with the ROMB video project we released a new video blog series about political persecution. Lyonya Drabkin talks about the main subject for August – a series of arrests of members of the opposition (this is when they are grabbed at the exit from the special detention centre and they are given a new penalty under administrative law), the prosecutions for taking part in ‘riots’ (that never happened), the New Greatness trial and the yet-to ...
    Posted 9 Sep 2019, 11:57 by Translation Service
  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 118: The last of the summer’s political pressure 1 September 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.Greetings to our readers! Summer is coming to an end, but protests against political repression (just like, sadly, the repression itself), are continuing. In this report, we take a look at the people who have been persecuted for protesting for fair elections, and we analyse the violations committed by the authorities. The pressure is strong, but we’re stronger!As always, battle preparations are in full swing at OVD-Info. Even Lesha Polikhovich, who has just served 13 days ...
    Posted 2 Sep 2019, 05:24 by Translation Service
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Russia Advisory Committee ‎‎

  • Lev Ponomarev: “Zhenya Ikhlov has died. I have lost a part of myself” 6 June 2019Source: Za prava cheloveka Zhenya Ikhlov has died. A man who was closely connected to us for 30 years, since the time of Democratic Russia – he was a member of the coordinating committee of the DemRossiya movement, and then almost the entire staff of the ZPCh [Za prava cheloveka] human rights movement; the head of the expert council and the press centre; but most importantly, my main adviser in the movement. He was a part of my brain. This doesn’t mean I always agreed with him. We often argued, and sometimes I had difficulty overcoming his resistance in order to make a decision. But when he agreed with me, he broadened my view. His arguments were ...
    Posted 14 Jun 2019, 14:01 by Rights in Russia
  • Natalya Taubina: "The 'foreign agent' label is a kind of seal of quality" 19 February 2019An interview with Natalya Taubina by Zoya SvetovaSource: MBKh Media  On 16 February 2019, Public Verdict Foundation, an NGO that defends victims of police violence, turned 15. On 18 February, the former head of Prison Colony No. 1, upon whose order convicted offenders were brutally tortured, was detained. This detention, like the opening of the criminal case against prison officers involved in the torture, was obtained thanks to the lawyers of Public Verdict. The Foundation’s head, Natalya Taubina, talks about the organization’s mission, how to eradicate torture in prisons, and how to create a mighty human rights organization in 15 years, starting from scratch. Tell me, how did you come to human rights defence ...
    Posted 5 Mar 2019, 00:36 by Rights in Russia
  • Boris Altshuler, Larisa Miller: In Memory of Liudmila Alekseeva 17 December 2019By Boris Altshuler and Larisa MillerSource: Zhurnal-gazeta 'Masterskaya'Liudmila Mikhailovna Alekseeva has died. My heart aches. The entire context of our life is so grievous. And this death seems like the result of that context, although to die at age 91 is natural, of course. Liudmila Mikhailovna and I did not cross paths during the Soviet era, although we knew many of the same human rights activists. I was not a member of MHG [Moscow Helsinki Group], which was created in May 1976, although after the arrest of three of its founders--Yuri Orlov, Aleksandr Ginzburg, and Anatoly (now Natan) Shcharansky--I wrote an open statement in their defense, “Eurocommunism and Human Rights,” which brought ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2019, 03:33 by Rights in Russia
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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: Aleksei Sokolov reports on improvements at the Krasnoturinsk women's prison colony in Sverdlovsk region 26 July 2019In these blogs, Sergei Nikitin presents a selection of materials about human rights in Russia.Sergei Nikitin headed Amnesty International's Moscow office from 2003 until 2018. He is a member of the advisory council of Rights in Russia.According to Aleksei Sokolov, the head of the “Legal Foundation” Association: “There is a new head at the Krasnoturinsk women's colony No.16”On 17 July 2019 Aleksei Sokolov and Yana Gelmel from Legal Foundation, a human rights organisation, visited the women's correctional colony, meeting with several convicts and providing them with legal advice.Aleksei Sokolov: “We met the women in the colony, who we were not able to meet back in March. Under the previous ...
    Posted 29 Jul 2019, 12:43 by Rights in Russia
  • Sergei Nikitin: Rights defenders in Urals report deaths of female convicts in IK-16 prison colony 16 July 2019In these blogs, Sergei Nikitin presents a selection of materials about human rights in Russia.Sergei Nikitin headed Amnesty International's Moscow office from 2003 until 2018. He is a member of the advisory council of Rights in Russia.Human rights activists in the Urals federal district have stated in a report on their website that a number of female convicts in the IK-16 prison colony have died.    In an afterword to the document, human rights activist Aleksei Sokolov writes: “The FSIN (Federal Penitentiary Service) system is a road of death where people can disappear forever. I do not know how many more prisoners will die, but the FSIN system needs urgent reform and more humanistic ...
    Posted 16 Jul 2019, 01:51 by Rights in Russia
  • Sergei Nikitin on Golunov, PACE and Russia's wonderful human rights lawyers 4 July 2019In these blogs, Sergei Nikitin presents a selection of materials about human rights in Russia.Sergei Nikitin headed Amnesty International's Moscow office from 2003 until 2018. He is a member of the advisory council of Rights in Russia.The Golunov case was concerning for many, and certain naive people began to believe that they were finally witnessing the power of protest. The way I see it, Golunov got caught between two warring clans: the FSB and some other higher echelon of power. As a result of the foolish drug-planting incident, one of the siloviki has dealt with his enemies elsewhere. The progressive forces quarreled with one other, and Golunov somehow remained silent upon his release ...
    Posted 8 Jul 2019, 11:19 by Rights in Russia
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Interviews

  • An Interview with Kirill Koroteev on the application to the ECtHR by Russian NGOs regarding the "foreign agent" law [Idel.Realii] 9 March 2018An interview with Kirill Koroteev, legal director at Memorial Human Rights CentreSource: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Idel.Realii] Lawyers representing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) recognized in Russia as foreign agents are completing the final stage in a process in the European Court of Human Rights and are preparing responses to the position of the Russian government. For the first time, the European Court has combined the appeals of more than 60 NGOs, requiring that representatives from the organisations prepare one document. Twenty lawyers prepared the document, among them the Agora lawyer Irina Khrunova; Kirill Koroteev, Memorial's legal director; Karina Moskalenko, Moscow Helsinki Group member and founder of the International Protection Centre; as well as ...
    Posted 26 Mar 2018, 10:18 by Rights in Russia
  • An interview with Natalya Taubina: "Surrendering your principles leads down the road to nowhere" [Colta.ru] 2 March 2018 An interview with Natalya Taubina, director of Public Verdict Foundation, with Yulia Bashinova, for Colta.ru Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: ColtaNatalya Taubina is director of Public Verdict Foundation, a human rights group which for 14 years has been assisting people who have been victims of the violations by law enforcement agencies. In an interview with Yulia Bashinova, published in COLTA.RU, Natalia Taubina spoke about the work of human rights activists and how to persevere in a time of repression. — When and how did you begin your civil society activism? — In 1992, I was a student in my last year at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. I studied in the cybernetics department and worked with ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2018, 07:09 by Rights in Russia
  • An interview with Natalya Taubina: "Surrendering your principles leads down the road to nowhere" [Colta.ru] 2 March 2018 An interview with Natalya Taubina, director of Public Verdict Foundation, with Yulia Bashinova, for Colta.ru Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: ColtaNatalya Taubina is director of Public Verdict Foundation, a human rights group which for 14 years has been assisting people who have been victims of the violations by law enforcement agencies. In an interview with Yulia Bashinova, published in COLTA.RU, Natalia Taubina spoke about the work of human rights activists and how to persevere in a time of repression. — When and how did you begin your civil society activism? — In 1992, I was a student in my last year at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. I studied in the cybernetics department and worked with ...
    Posted 13 Mar 2018, 12:40 by Rights in Russia
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Our Videos

  • 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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