The plight of Denis BAKHOLDIN:
seized in Ukraine, tortured and detained in Russia
Detained protesters faced pepper spray and torture in police stations,
as well as intimidation and physical violence on the streets
Last week human rights observers noted the rallies across the nation,
the youth of the protestors, conditions for prisoners and detainees,
events in Chechnya and the response of the authorities.
Lawyer Ilya Novikov talks to Radio Echo Moskvy
We’re labelled a “foreign agent” because we tried
to halt the latest conflict, says VALENTINA CHEREVATENKO
Cherevatenko interviewed by the Russian Service of Voice of America
Radio station Echo Moskvy has broadcast appeals for Dmitriev,
now on trial for a fourth week, by writer and poet Dmitry BYKOV and
“founding father of Russian rock”, BG (Boris Grebenshchikov).
VOICES FROM THE PAST
What lessons can be learned from Soviet-era dissidents?
Martin Dewhirst reviews Dissidents: 20 Conversations, Gleb Morev’s interviews with Sergei Kovalev, Gleb Pavlovsky, Sergei Grigoryants, Vera Lashkova and 16 others
There are well over a hundred political prisoners in Russia today, says Memorial, and the number continues to grow. As the Memorial Human Rights Centre explains in its latest overview,
it has begun to divide its periodic lists in two, political and religious.
Three were convicted in Kazan in 2014 before Hizb ut-Tahrir al Islami was designated a “terrorist” organisation. Four others were found guilty in the Tatar capital in April this year.
Memorial considers them all to be political prisoners.
Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized Dmitry Krepkin,
another defendant in the ‘Case of 26 March’, as a political prisoner
DISCRIMINATION AND PERSECUTION
Since 1 April, more than 100 gays have applied for help to the Russian LGBT Network,
almost all of them from Chechnya
Russian legislation that bans “promotion of homosexuality to minors”,
the ruling said, encourages homophobia and discrimination.
♦ How many “Foreign Agent” NGOs? ♦
Over the past 18 months the numbers on the register
have changed several times