Russia: Under the “Eye of Sauron”: Persecution of critics of the aggression against Ukraine

Immediately following their full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russian authorities embarked on a campaign to
silence domestic criticism of the war and to stop the dissemination of reports of violations of international humanitarian law committed by Russian forces. The Russian authorities have used a wide arsenal of methods, including administrative and criminal sanctions as well as other arbitrary measures such as dismissals, intimidation and designating critics of the war as “foreign agents”.

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