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…

The “Russia Day” protests (and other news)

Updating its report on the 12 June protests, OVD-Info says demonstrators in Petersburg and Moscow faced pepper spray and torture in detention << No 25 (258), 26 June 2017 >> Recent anti-corruption protests in Russia ended in mass arrests. Some of those arrested faced further intimidation and physical violence in detention Some of those detained…

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…

Torture Victim handed over

Belarus sends Murad Amriev back to Russia << No 23 (256), 12 June 2017 >> On 8 June 2017 Belarusian authorities sent Murad Amriev [Amriyev], wanted in Chechnya with regard to a false documents allegation, to Russia despite concerns he could be tortured or killed. As RFE/RL reported, Amriev’s family pleaded desperately for him not to…

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…

“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…