Who is a “political prisoner”?

No universally-accepted definition of the term “political prisoner” exists << Reports >> No universally-accepted definition of the term “political prisoner” exists. The understanding adopted by the Memorial Human Rights Centre is oriented towards the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms and the mobilisation of public solidarity with the victims of political repression. It is…

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.…

Seized in Ukraine, jailed in Russia

The plight of Denis Bakholdin, critic of Putin, refugee in Ukraine — seized in Ukraine, tortured and jailed in Russia << No. 25 (258) 26 June 2017 >> After participating in many protests against the war in Ukraine and in support of political prisoners, Denis Bakholdin was detained on several occasions. He was jailed for…

Charged without evidence

  Memorial Human Rights Centre considers mathematician DMITRY BOGATOV a political prisoner << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> Muscovite Dmitry Bogatov has been charged, without evidence, of inciting acts of terrorism against the authorities. There are grounds for believing that one aim of these punitive actions is to deter potential protesters. Immediately after…

Yury Kuly is a Political Prisoner

The 26 March demonstrator YURY KULY has received an unjust  harsh sentence, says Memorial Human Rights Centre << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> The actor, who took part in the “He’s no mate of ours!” (OR Don’t you call him Dimon)[i] protest has been sentenced to serve time in a prison colony for…

“Zero Legitimacy”

Karinna Moskalenko on Alexei Pichugin’s Life Sentence << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has upheld Alexei Pichugin’s application. The former employee of the Yukos security service filed a complaint with the ECtHR regarding a violation of his right to a fair trial. Lawyer KARINNA MOSKALENKO, a…