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 first free generation has come of age”

Sooner or later protests in Russia will grow into something serious, says LUDMILA ALEXEYEVA << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> The veteran rights activist and head of the Moscow Helsinki Group was commenting on the wave of protests on Monday, 12 June when more than 1,700 people across the country were detained by…

The spread of censorship

The Ukraine conflict has been used as a pretext << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> The Russian authorities have used events in Ukraine as a pretext for the suppression of independent opinions and movements, says a new report by the Agora International Human Rights Association, “Freedom of Speech as a Casualty, Censorship as…

The conviction of Sharina

Ex-director of Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature << No 23 (256) 12 June 2017 >> Moscow’s Meshchansky district court has found the former director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature NATALYA SHARINA guilty of disseminating extremist literature and large-scale fraud and given her a four-year suspended sentence. Earlier, the prosecution had asked for Sharina to…

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…

Crimean farmer a political prisoner

<< No 7 (240) 20 February 2017 >> ♦  Vladimir Balukh in detention for refusing Russian citizenship  ♦ Vladimir BALUKH, a farmer and pro-Ukrainian activist who remained a citizen of Ukraine after 2014 and refused to become a citizen of Russia, has been charged with committing crimes under Article 222, Section 1 (illegal possession and…