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.…

Week-ending Friday, 23 June

<< No.24 (258), 25 June 2017 >> — RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY – On 19/6 Moscow City Court dismissed an appeal against the 18-month sentence handed down to Yury Kuly. (RAPSI, 19/6) On 22/6 Moscow City Court upheld a court ruling that Bolotnaya Square defendant Maksim Panfilov receive compulsory treatment as an in-patient in a psychiatric…

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,…

Human rights in Russia today

An interview [R] with NATALYA TAUBINA, director of the Public Verdict Foundation. << Events & Interviews >>   In May this year NATALYA TAUBINA, director of the Public Verdict Foundation, talked to Rights in Russia about the present situation. You can watch segments of the interview: “The Future for Human Rights in the Russian Federation”…

Beatings and fines

For the right to freedom of assembly on 12 June << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> This week people were detained all over Russia in connection with the anti-corruption protests on Monday, 12 June. Many have already appeared in court. We are still adding to our detailed report, “From Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, at…

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…

The Nepomnyashchikh trial

<< 4 January 2016 >> ♦  Statement about verdict in Bolotnaya Square case  ♦ On December 22, 2015 Ivan NEPOMNYASHCHIKH, a 25-year-old engineer, by a decision of judge Alexei Kaveshnikov at the Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years of imprisonment in a general-regime colony. The Memorial Human Rights Centre considered and…