Who is a “political prisoner”?

No universally-accepted definition of the term “political prisoner” exists << Reports >> No universally-accepted definition of the term “political prisoner” exists. The understanding adopted by the Memorial Human Rights Centre is oriented towards the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms and the mobilisation of public solidarity with the victims of political repression. It is…

Political Prisoners (May 2017)

Recognised by the Memorial Human Rights Centre << No. 27 (259) 5 July 2017 >> We regard as political prisoners those individuals who are serving a term of imprisonment — either in a corrective labour colony or a prison – or being held in custody or under house arrest as a form of pre-trial detention.…

Friday, 30 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — “OPEN RUSSIA” DEPUTY HEAD LEAVES COUNTRY, CITING POLICE PRESSURE — Ilya Novikov, a deputy head of the Open Russia civic movement, says he has “temporarily” left Russia amid what he describes as “large-scale harassment of  those engaged in any political protest.” Novikov wrote on social network VKontakte on…

Thursday, 29 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — CHECHEN GANG GUILTY OF NEMTSOV’S MURDER — A Russian jury has found five ethnic Chechen men guilty of murdering leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Zaur Dadayev shot the former deputy prime minister, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, in February 2015 near the Kremlin. Four others acted as…

Wednesday, 28 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — ITALIANS ARRESTED IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD HAVE BEEN FINED — Members of the human rights organisation “Antigone” (Rome, Italy) were fined on 27 June 2017 for violating migration rules in Russia, reports Irina Protasova, Chair of the “Individual and Law” NGO (Yoshkar-Ola, Russia). Both NGOs are members of…

Tuesday, 27 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — JURY RESUMES DELIBERATIONS IN NEMTSOV TRIAL — The jury in the trial of five men charged in connection with the 2015 killing of opposition politician and former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov have resumed their deliberations after two jurors were dismissed for procedural violations. On 27…