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Russia: Court halts journalist’s deportation to Uzbekistan but detains him despite abuse claims

In response to Moscow City Court’s decision to suspend the deportation to Uzbekistan of openly gay journalist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (better known by his journalist alias Ali Feruz) but to keep him in detention while his case is reviewed by the European Court of Human Rights, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev, said: “The suspension of Ali Feruz’s deportation to Uzbekistan - where he faces a real risk of persecution and torture, and where homosexuality is a crime - is a positive step.

Date:
8 August 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Russia: Decision to deport journalist to Uzbekistan puts him at risk of persecution and torture

The Russian authorities must immediately overturn their decision to deport asylum seeker Khudoberdi Nurmatov, better known under his journalist alias Ali Feruz, to Uzbekistan, Amnesty International said today. “Ali Feruz is openly gay, a human rights activist and a correspondent for the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper. This is a near-lethal combination for someone who is about to be handed over to Uzbekistan, where “sodomy” is a crime and torture is endemic,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
2 August 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Further information: Detained journalist facing imminent deportation: Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz)

On 1 August, the Moscow Basmanniy Court ruled that openly gay journalist and activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) must be forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan. If returned, he will be at risk of torture and imprisonment for his sexual orientation. The journalist has nine days to appeal the decision.

Date:
2 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6865/2017
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VPNs are a vital defence against censorship - but they're under attack

By Joshua Franco, Technology and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International @joshyrama  You have probably heard of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), right? They’re those things you use to stream movies online in other countries that are annoyingly blocked in yours. If VPNs were banned, how would you watch the latest robot apocalypse blockbuster online without having to wait a whole year? Now imagine that the online content banned in your country isn’t movies, but rather major social media platforms, or the main sources of information about your religion, or your sexual orientation.

Date:
1 August 2017
  • Article
  • Russian Federation
  • Internet and Social Media

Russia: VPN ban is a major blow to internet freedom

A new law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin banning anonymizers and virtual private networks (VPNs) is a major blow to internet freedom in Russia, Amnesty International said today. “With the Russian authorities increasingly intolerant of dissent, technologies that help internet users evade censorship and protect their privacy are crucial for freedom of expression online. Today the authorities have given themselves an instrument to ban the use of VPNs and other technologies that help people to freely access information online,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
31 July 2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Unlawful Detention

Russian authorities must investigate new allegations of extrajudicial executions in Chechnya

Following reports in Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper that security forces in the Russian republic of Chechnya killed 27 people on the night of 26 January 2017, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, said: “These allegations come from a credible source and as horrendous as they are, appear totally plausible for Chechnya, where the authorities enjoy complete  impunity for human rights violations.

Date:
10 July 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

G20 summit: Trump-Putin meeting, a matter of life and death for the people of Syria

The lives of millions of Syrian civilians hang in the balance as the Presidents of Russia and the USA prepare to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany on 7 July 2017, to discuss counter-terrorism initiatives and a political resolution to Syria’s war, said Amnesty International. “For civilians in Syria, decisions made by President Trump and President Putin are a matter of life and death. A continuation of present policies would have disastrous consequences for the people of Syria, who have endured unimaginable suffering for more than six years,” said Samah Hadid, Middle East Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International.

Date:
6 July 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

ECHR rule exposes homophobic nature of Russian “gay propaganda law”

After Russian “gay propaganda law” was ruled discriminatory by ECHR today, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Research Deputy Director, said: “This legislation has always been nothing short of homophobic. ” “The law is blatantly discriminatory and violates the right to freedom of expression, and its introduction has contributed to a climate of homophobia and violence targeting LGBTI people in Russia.

Date:
20 June 2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Business and Human Rights

FIFA must challenge Russia's human rights record

By Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International When the whistle blows in St. Petersburg's Zenit Arena on Saturday, signaling the start of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, not everyone will be in the mood to cheer. Scores of people in Russia will be spending the weekend in jail after being swept up in the Russian authorities' crackdown on anti-corruption protests on Monday.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Detention

Russia: Police humiliate and mistreat hundreds of detained peaceful protesters

Hundreds of peaceful anti-corruption protesters in Russia’s two largest cities have been subjected to cruel and degrading treatment in police detention over the past 48 hours as authorities continue their crackdown on participants of mass rallies that took place across the country on 12 June, Amnesty International said today. “The Russian authorities have used mass detentions as a tactic to crush peaceful protests.

Date:
14 June 2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russia: Mass arrests tighten authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression

A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today. “The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, though you wouldn’t know it from the alarming scenes today. After trying to intimidate protesters into abstaining from these demonstrations with blackmail and harassment, the authorities in Moscow, St Petersburg and elsewhere have punished hundreds of those who turned up with beatings and arrests,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 June 2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Unlawful Detention

Russia: Handover of Chechen torture survivor would put him at further risk of torture or death

The Russian authorities must immediately release Chechen torture survivor Murad Amriev, and under no circumstances place his life at further risk by handing him over to the Chechen authorities, Amnesty International said today. Having tried to flee to Belarus earlier this week, Murad Amriev was arrested and unlawfully handed back to Russian police officers early this morning. He is currently in custody in an unknown location in Russia, stoking fears about his fate.

Date:
9 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • LGBT Rights

Amnesty activists' message to Chechnya: End this purge now

When reports emerged in April that the Chechen authorities have been detaining, torturing and even killing gay men, as part of a deplorable campaign to purge the republic of people of “non-traditional orientation”, there was international outcry. The response of the Chechen authorities was to claim that gay men do not exist – even as they defended killing them in the name of “honour”. The aggressive homophobia of the Chechen authorities is replicated throughout society, so that gay men have to hide their identities even from their families and closest friends for fear of being attacked and killed.

Date:
9 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Further information: NGO leader charged under 'Foreign Agents' law: Valentina Cherevatenko

On 2 June, prominent Russian human rights defender Valentina Cherevatenko was officially charged with “malicious evasion from performance of duties” under the “foreign agents” law. If convicted, she could face up to two years in prison. Her conviction could start a dangerous trend of criminal prosecution of NGO leaders.

Date:
9 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6461/2017