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.…

Twenty Conversations

What lessons can be learned from Soviet-era dissidents? Martin Dewhirst reviews Gleb Morev’s, Dissidents: 20 conversations << No. 25 (258), 26 June 2017 >> Coming out as an active dissident in Russia — there have always been numerous passive dissidents, dissenters, protesters and protestants in that country — after the 1991 coup and counter-coup is…

Prisons = the young = Chechnya

Simon Cosgrove on the past week’s news << No.25 (258), 20 June 2017 >> = RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY = Last week observers of the human rights scene in Russia focused their attention on rallies and protests across the nation. On 12 June, Russia Day, the renewed enthusiasm for peaceful, public protest, seen on 26 March,…

Alexei Navalny’s week

On 12 June 2017 anti-corruption protests, called by opposition activist and politician NAVALNY, took place in cities across Russia << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> That day, before the demonstrations had begun, ALEXEI NAVALNY was arrested outside his home in Moscow. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for staging rallies that…

Who is Yury Dmitriev?

and why is he facing 15 years’ imprisonment? << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> The trial of historian YURY DMITRIEV began on 1 June. The hearings in Petrozavodsk, suggests journalist Maria Eismont, is “the most important thing happening in Russia today”. Because the charges are sensitive, and concern a minor, supposedly, the hearings…

Church of Scientology

Arrests at Petersburg HQ << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> On 6 June the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg was raided by the FSB, and five members were arrested: the head of the local Church Ivan Matsitsky, the Church’s chief accountant Sahib Aliyev, the chief of the official relations department…