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Weekly Update No. 17 (290) 7 May 2018

Rights in Russia

Week-ending 4 May 2018 [see also attachment]

Quote for the Week

"Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online" - Joint Statement by 26 international human rights organisations



Lev Ponomarev: Run for your lives. The FSB’s on the offensive!

Damir Gainutdinov: Unblocking Online Services Could Take Years - Victims of Roskomnadzor get ready to go to court

Lev Ponomarev and Dmitry Piskunov on torture in Russia in the 21st century

Pavel Chikov replies to questions from Ekho Moskvy listeners [20 April 2018]

Statement by Media Rights Centre and Glasnost Defence Foundation on attack on Ekaterinburg journalist Dmitry Polyanin

The guiding principles of human rights defender Andrei Yurov: "I try to protect people from their governments wherever possible" [7x7]

Vera Vasilieva on the cases of Rybin and Tsigelnik and bargains with one’s conscience [Radio Svoboda]


Human Rights Groups in Russia

OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 53: May Day arrests, banned protests, and a case of alleged torture


Rights in Russia Event, jointly with Pushkin Club

An event at Pushkin House (London): Fighting for Human Dignity - Nikolai and Tatyana Shchur on conditions in Russian prisons




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Our thanks to this week's translators:  Graham Jones, Joanne Reynolds,  Judith Fagelson, Matthew Quigley, Mercedes Malcomson, Simon Cosgrove and Suzanne Eade Roberts

Project coordinator: Julia Sherwood 


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7 May 2018, 12:25