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,…

“More than mere bribery”

Corruption in Russia and beyond has become far more complex << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> ANDREI KALIKH, independent journalist and a member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum’s “Fighting Transborder Corruption” working group, talks about how the endemic corruption of Russian business, politics and law enforcement has spread to the West –- and…

Arrests and Searches

OVD-Info weekly survey << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> The Russian authorities are trying to chip away at activist circles with further arrests against anti-corruption protesters. This week, a new defendant emerged in the “26 March case”, the investigation into Russia’s anti-corruption protests. In Moscow, the authorities carried out a search at the…

Political prisoners – May 2016

<< No 23 (212) 6 June 2016 >> ♦  86 recognised as prisoners of conscience  ♦ The Memorial Human Rights Centre considers political prisoners to be individuals who are serving a prison sentence, as well as those held in custody or under house arrest as a form of pre-trial detention. The criteria for considering persons…

Imprisoned Evenk leader

<< 12 February 2016 >> Sergei Nikiforov as a political prisoner Resident of Amur Region Sergei Nikiforov has been sentenced to four years in a colony and fined 3 million roubles. He was found guilty under point “v” of part 5, article 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Receiving of a large bribe by an…

About Igor Zhitenev

<< 20 November 2015 >>  ♦  Khoper activist is a political prisoner  ♦ Igor Anatolievich ZHITENEV, former ataman of the National Cultural Autonomy of Cossacks of the Novokhopersky district (Voronezh Region) and an activist in the movement “For the Defence of Khoper”, has been in custody since 26 November 2013. He is charged with committing…