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  • Golos: Main news of the week 4-10 November 2019 9 November 2019Everything you need to know about last week’s electionsA decision approaches in the Roman Udot case The Khimki district magistrates court has kept Roman Udot under house arrest, but has increased the amount of time allowed him for walks. However, the absurd bans on means of communication remain in place. The defence demands that the process be as transparent as possible.In case you forgot, Roman stands accused of threatening to kill NTV pseudo-journalists, who were so terrified that they remembered the incident a couple of months after. It is also worth noting that these witnesses did not come to court. We will keep you posted. The next court hearing will be held on ...
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  • Golos: Main news of the week 28 October - 3 November 2019 2 November 2019Everything you need to know about last week’s electionsAll the vote riggers of Korolyova Well, perhaps not all of them, but some of the names are known to us. After the investigation by our coordinators, published in Novaya gazeta, we have made public the full correspondence from one of the vote riggers' online chats. This correspondence was coordinating the actions of members of the election commissions, the Central Election Commission, and the administration of the Moscow region city at the 8 September elections. Elections, incidentally, in which United Russia won a convincing victory – see for yourself how that came about. We explain who figures in this chat and why what they discuss is illegal. It ...
    Posted 6 Nov 2019, 13:49 by Translation Service
  • Team 29: ✋ Hi, It’s Dima 2 November 2019Hi there. My name’s Dmitry Okrest and I’m the new Team 29 Editor-in-ChiefI’ve been in journalism for some time now. I’ve worked at RBK, The New Times, and this year I supported OVD-Info and (moment of self-promotion here) shot a documentary series about the 1990s for Dozhd – it’ll be out in November.I knew Team 29 even before that. I was in touch with their journalists and would get comments from their lawyers, both about the cases they were working on and about my own work. But now I’m going to head the Team’s media department, and that’s a really cool challenge for me ...
    Posted 4 Nov 2019, 14:06 by Translation Service
  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No 127: Disallowed evidence and dangerous bottles 2 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.Greetings to our readers!One of the police officers who gave evidence as part of the Moscow Case refused to call himself a victim and quit his job at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He would not agree that he was hurt by a plastic bottle which was thrown without hitting anyone. You can read his monologue here. And now for the news:There’s a new defendant in the Moscow Case. 32-year-old Pavel Novikov was arrested ...
    Posted 7 Nov 2019, 00:53 by Translation Service
  • Team 29: 👋 Katya out! 27 October 2019 Hi, Katya Arenina here, and this is my last newsletter at Team 29 For a little over three years now, every few weeks, I’ve sat with a completely blank page in front of me and tried my best to tell you what’s been happening in the world of Team 29 over the past week. Now I’m leaving, but the Team is staying – and it’ll be a little different, only better, I’m sure. It’s the second day now that I’ve been thinking about what to write here. I don’t really want to go over what’s happened during the week. It’d be better to tell you about the Team ...
    Posted 31 Oct 2019, 09:11 by Rights in Russia
  • Golos: Main news of the week 21 - 27 October 2019 26 October 2019Everything you need to know about last week’s elections Major Election Fraud in Korolyov ExposedThe highest turnout in Moscow region was 36.4%, and a record percentage of votes for United Russia - 70.6%. Our coordinators Tatyana Yurasova and Inna Karezina conducted a thorough investigation to find out why this was the case. Both ballot stuffing and well-coordinated “work” from the commission members helped too - they coordinated this all in a chat room, and this correspondence became available to public observers. Now you can study it too - and be ready to be horrified by the scale of the deception. On Friday, the falsification investigation working group held its first meeting. Vasily Vaysenberg attended and ...
    Posted 31 Oct 2019, 09:18 by Rights in Russia
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Russia Advisory Committee ‎‎

  • 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
  • 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
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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: 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
  • 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 2017. 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 20 Oct 2019, 11:06 by Translation Service
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Interviews

  • 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
  • Zoya Svetova interviews Oyub Titiev (Part III): “Chechnya is a testing ground for torture” 27 September 2019By Zoya Svetova, journalist [Photo: Svoboda.ru]Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original: Ekho Moskvy]How can you explain that as a result of the second war a man like Kadyrov came to power? He didn’t come to power. It was all created by the hands of the Russian president. He created this system. At the time there were other Chechens also laying claims to power. Many left, some were killed. There’s the sense that no one remained. There were claimants, some of whom are alive to this day. But for some reason the Kremlin chose Kadyrov. Did everything that happened in Chechnya happen thanks to the Kremlin? Naturally. Chechnya is a testing ground for torture ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2019, 14:43 by Translation Service
  • Zoya Svetova interviews Oyub Titiev (Part II): On Natasha Estemirova and the brutalities of two wars 27 September 2019By Zoya Svetova, journalist [Photo: Svoboda.ru]Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original: Ekho Moskvy]How did you meet Natasha Estemirova?At the time there had been a very brutal mopping-up operation in the village. The village was blockaded for five days, and the operation lasted all those five days. Many young men were detained.In 20 years, a new generation of young people has grown up who don’t know what a “mopping-up operation” is. Can you explain for them what it is?I don’t think I need to explain what terrorist acts are. In Beslan and Kizlyar, the terrorist act at the Nord-Ost music hall, when they took large groups of hostages ...
    Posted 24 Oct 2019, 12:59 by Translation Service
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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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