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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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  • Team 29: 75 Years Without Memory 12 October 2019Hi, Tanya Torocheshnikova here I couldn’t tear myself away from a book all through the first half of the week: I read it on the metro, at home, on the go, and sometimes instead of working. The book is called ‘Exodus’ and is about how after WW2, the Jews arrived in Palestine and began to build the state of Israel. It isn’t the artistic value of the book that grabs you (the subject-matter is formalistic and not that great, to be honest), but the story itself: of Jews, persecuted from every quarter, who doggedly labour on in an inhospitable desert. They work around the clock draining the marshes. They take shifts at night, defending ...
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  • Golos: Main news of the week 7-13 October 2019 13 October 2019Everything you need to know about last week’s electionsThe search for fraudulent voters continues in St. PetersburgVolunteers studying videos from polling stations in St. Petersburg have already discovered more than 30 people who repeatedly voted in different polling stations on September 8th. We are posting a new video every day, but we need your help to find them all. You can sign up here.If you want to help count the turnout, fill out this questionnaire.‘Training Protocol’ in KazanThe electoral commission in Tatarstan issued one protocol to observers, and then produced another. The Communist Party candidate lost to United Russia. During the trial, the election commission simply referred to the first version ...
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  • OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No 124: Hitler was an artist, too 12 October 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! The verdict against Pavel Rebrovski, a defendant in the New Greatness case, has been overturned and a retrial has been ordered. Rebrovski has been released on the condition that he remain in the city. · Why does this matter? Pavel Rebrovski was convicted of organising an extremist group and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He gave the required evidence to the investigation and agreed to a plea bargain. He later said that ...
    Posted 13 Oct 2019, 04:33 by Translation Service
  • Memorial Human Rights Centre: 53 more Jehovah’s Witnesses are political prisoners 9 October 2019Source: Memorial Human Rights CentreMemorial recognises 53 more Jehovah’s Witnesses who are victims of politically-motivated prosecutions as political prisoners. The total number of Jehovah’s Witnesses currently being prosecuted for their faith has reached 206.Memorial Human Rights Centre continues to monitor the unlawful criminal prosecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our list of those prosecuted was previously last updated in May 2019 when 75 Jehovah’s Witnesses from various Russian regions were added to the record.Memorial Human Rights Centre knows of at least 25 new individuals who have been remanded in custody:Abdulgalimov, Marat NazimovichAbdullaev, Arsen Nazimovich Avanesov, Arsen Vilenovich Avanesov, Vilen Shagenovich Vavilov, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Vladimirova, Valentina Ivanovna Galkevich, Tatyana Stepanovna ...
    Posted 9 Oct 2019, 12:45 by Translation Service
  • Golos: Main news of the week 30 September - 6 October 2019 6 October 2019Everything you need to know about last week’s electionsHunting for carousels in St. PetersburgWe already know that there were merry-go-rounds in the elections in St. Petersburg - this was uncovered by observers reviewing video footage from just four polling stations. There were so many instances that we decided to collect short videos with them on a separate page. Every evening we are publishing a new video.We need your help. To get involved, fill out the form.If you want to count the turnout, fill out this form.Moscow Region and Bashkortostan: stuffing and other falsificationsWe have continued to study how the elections were held on the voting day. Reports from Bashkortostan ...
    Posted 9 Oct 2019, 12:22 by Translation Service
  • Team 29: We are Vlast here 5 October 2019Hi there! It’s Natasha Korchenkova.Before Team 29, I worked as a correspondent for Kommersant. I joined the paper in late 2011, not long before the State Duma elections – the ones that led to the mass protest movement. I was in my third year of journalism school back then. I was really into politics and absolutely worshipped the magazine Vlast [Power as in political power -ed], whose Chief Editor was Maksim Kovalskiy. The paper seemed (and generally was) the model of perfection. Just take the headline ‘Award of the Week’, for example, where the editorial staff would symbolically present Vladimir Putin with the ‘Order of Water off a Duck’s Back’, calling out his lies. The ...
    Posted 9 Oct 2019, 12:10 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 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 2018. 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 29 Sep 2019, 09:44 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 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
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Interviews

  • "There are no politics here” - Grigory Melkonyants on the rally in support of political prisoners 30 September 2019Source: Аgency of Social Information [reprinted: Moscow Helsinki GroupThe Agency for Social Information (ASI) spoke with Grigory Melkonyants, human rights activist and co-chair of Golos, and learned how “Let Them Go” differs from previous rallies and what changes in the affairs of political prisoners human rights organizations are awaiting. On 29 September, on Academician Sakharov Prospect in Moscow, an authorized rally, “Let Them Go,” was held in support of political prisoners. It was specifically devoted to those charged and convicted in the “Moscow affair.” Grigory Melkonyants was a public observer at the 29 September action. “This is the most massive rally devoted to political prisoners in my memory. Rallies have been held for free and ...
    Posted 9 Oct 2019, 11:39 by Translation Service
  • 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
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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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