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,…

Torture and House Demolition

A rights defender looks at recent events in Russia << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> This is “Tuesday with LEV PONOMAREV” on Radio Sol [Salt]. My name is VALENTINA IVAKINA. Every Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm (Moscow time), specialists of the nationwide NGO “For Human Rights” analyse the latest events in the…

‘Russia Behind Bars’

Police raid prisoners’ rights NGO << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> On 8 June 2017 police conducted an unannounced search of the the Moscow offices of the prisoners’ rights NGO, Rus Sidyashchay (which can be translated as ‘Russia Behind Bars’). As RFE/RL reports, citing the director of Rus Sidyashchaya Olga Romanova, “officers of the…

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…

No to the Gulag!

<< No 9 (242), 6 March 2017 >> ♦  Police search apartment of Elena Abdullayeva  ♦ On 28 February 2017 police searched the Moscow apartment of Elena ABDULLAYEVA, coordinator of the project “Gulagu.Nyet” [“No to the Gulag”] that collects information about human rights abuses in the penitentiary system, The Moscow Times reported. The search took…