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Anastasia Zotova speaks on human rights in Russia [videos]

posted 24 Apr 2017, 09:41 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Apr 2017, 09:43 ]
Pushkin Club
, Rights in Russia and Index on Censorship held a joint event at Pushkin House on the evening of Thursday 20 April. This was an
 opportunity to meet someone whose name has been constantly in the news since her husband, Ildar Dadin, was arrested under a new law criminalizing repeated violations of Russia's stringent regulations on public assembly. Ildar Dadin was awarded the 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards in the campaigning section. He is reportedly currently unable to leave Russia. 

Videos of the parts of the event where can be viewed HERE and HERE.

A journalist and human rights defender covering Dadin’s courageous one-man pickets against human rights violations under the Putin regime and the war in Ukraine, Anastasia Zotova married Ildar Dadin in late 2015 after he had already been arrested. She continued to publicise his plight after his imprisonment in a penal colony in Karelia, where he was tortured, and during his subsequent transfer to another prison camp in southern Siberia. Husband and wife have done more than anyone, arguably, to expose conditions in Russia’s large and brutal penitentiary system which today holds dozens more political prisoners. She has been the inspiration behind the website Territory of Torture

The 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, for which Ildar Dadin was been shortlisted, took place at London’s Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday 19 April 2017. During the week, Anastasia Zotova also spoke at a joint event held by Index on Censorship and Doughty Street Chambers on 19 April.