Anastasia Zotova in London

April 2017: Protest and Torture under Putin On 20 April 2017 Russian human rights activist Anastasia Zotova spoke at London’s Pushkin House at an event organized jointly by Rights in Russia and Index on Censorship. She was in the UK to represent her husband, released political prisoner Ildar Dadin, who was a finalist (and as…

Dadin and Torture

<< No 9 (242), 6 March 2017 >> ♦  The impunity of police and prison staff – in Karelia, Chechnya and Strasbourg  ♦ On 26 February 2017 Ildar DADIN was released from prison in the Altai Region, following the quashing of his conviction by the Supreme Court. He was serving a 2½ year sentence as…

Don’t be afraid

<< No 9 (242), 6 March 2017 >> ♦  Why it’s important to keep shouting about injustice  ♦ Zoya SVETOVA The Presidium of the Russian Supreme Court has overturned the verdict in the case of activist Ildar DADIN, who was convicted of repeated infringements of the law on public assembly. It has ordered his release,…

No Time to Cheer

<< No 9 (242), 6 March 2017 >> ♦  What Dadin’s release means for Russia’s other political prisoners  ♦ “OPPOSITION ACTIVIST ILDAR DADIN left a prison in Rubtsovsk … on Sunday,” reported the Associated Press on 26 February. “Dadin was freed from his jail in the remote Altai Region in southern Siberia after Russia’s Supreme…

“Then they’ll come for you”

<< No 7 (240), 20 February 2017 >> ♦  … and no one will notice that either”  ♦ Anastasia ZOTOVA (journalist and human rights advocate) Last summer less than 10,000 people gathered to protest against the “Yarovaya package” of amendments to the law. That was in Moscow, where more than 16 million people live. Only…