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Russia: Knee-jerk repression as LGBTI activists arrested over Chechnya petition

In response to today’s detention of five LGBTI activists as they were trying to deliver a petition to the Office of Russia's Prosecutor General on Chechnya, Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said: “While the activists were released shortly after their arrest, this knee-jerk detention follows a familiar pattern of the Russian authorities crushing activism, and is a multiple violation of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and liberty of person.

Date:
11 May 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Internet and Social Media

Russian YouTuber convicted of blasphemy after playing Pokémon Go in a church

Russian authorities have blatantly misused the criminal justice system, including draconian anti-extremist legislation, in a show trial against blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, said Amnesty International today. A court in Yekaterinburg today gave the 22-year-old blogger a three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence for “inciting hatred” and “offending believers’ feelings”. He was arrested in September 2016 for playing Pokémon Go in a cathedral in Yekaterinburg, in the Urals.

Date:
11 May 2017
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Russian Federation: Detained members of corruption watchdog are prisoners of conscience and should be freed immediately

On 20 April the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia on the grounds that they are an extremist organization. This means that the Administrative Centre and all 395 regional organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses are subject to liquidation, and their property can now be seized by the state. Those who continue to manifest their faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses including participating in worship, leading religious activities, recruiting others or fundraising despite the ban will be liable to criminal prosecution and can face imprisonment for up to 12 years.

Date:
11 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6229/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Russian authorities ban Khodorkovsky’s organization Open Russia as ‘undesirable’

Three NGOs founded by the former Russian prisoner of conscience and ardent Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his allies were designated as “undesirable” by Russia's Prosecutor General’s Office on Wednesday, just the latest in a longstanding crackdown on civil society, Amnesty International said. The decree effectively bans the UK-registered Open Russia and its sister organisation Open Russia Civic Movement and outlaws any association with them.

Date:
26 April 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Armed Conflict

USA/Russia: Diplomatic meeting must tackle deplorable human rights record at home and abroad

Though recent developments in Syria are bound to dominate US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first official visit to Moscow this week, he must also use the opportunity to highlight the dire human rights situation inside Russia, Amnesty International said today. Secretary Tillerson is due to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on 11-12 April. “Both the USA and Russia must accept their share of the blame for the international community’s failure to broker an end to the bloodbath in Syria, and in particular we urge both governments to use this week’s meeting to work towards an end to the longstanding paralysis of the UN Security Council,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office.

Date:
11 April 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Russian authorities ban Putin ‘gay clown’ meme but fail to investigate homophobic killings

After the Russian government banned a digitally altered image depicting President Vladimir Putin wearing lipstick and mascara – widely reported in global media as a “gay clown” meme - Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office, said: “In its twisted definition of justice, the Russian authorities have chosen to use anti-extremism legislation to silence peaceful freedom of expression at a time when state-supported homophobia inspires violence across the country.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russian Federation: Detained members of corruption watchdog are prisoners of conscience and should be freed immediately

Arrests and other reprisals against employees and volunteers of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) are part of the latest clampdown on the rights to peaceful assembly and expression in Russia. They are facing administrative arrests and harassment by the Russian authorities for organising a live broadcast of the anti-corruption protests that swept across Russia on 26 March, while the state-run media largely ignored this significant political event.

Date:
31 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/5998/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Demonstrations

Russia: Navalny jailed and hundreds arrested in violent clampdown

Russian opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, and all the peaceful protesters detained after the mass demonstrations across Russia on Sunday, must be immediately released, said Amnesty International, after he was today sentenced to 15 days in jail. “By detaining hundreds of protesters, the Russian authorities have demonstrated their profound disdain for the right to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

Date:
27 March 2017
  • Research
  • Ukraine
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: Rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the international blind spot in Crimea

Three years after the peninsula’s unlawful annexation by Russia in March 2014, the human rights situation in Crimea is worsening fast. It is exacerbated by the absence of any effective international monitoring mechanism with access to the peninsula, which has emboldened the Russian and the de facto authorities in Crimea to persevere in their relentless campaign against all vestiges of dissent. Ensuring effective international human rights monitoring in Crimea, including agreeing on the practicalities for a relevant mechanism’s unobstructed access to Crimea, should be a priority for the international community.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5886/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Russian Federation
  • Asylum

Russian Federation: Stop journalist's forcible return to Uzbekistan: Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz)

Journalist and activist Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) is at risk of being forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan. Friends and supporters are worried that he could be abducted by Uzbekistani security forces. He is at risk of serious human rights violations, including torture, if returned to Uzbekistan.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/5905/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Russia: ‘Deeply alarming’ raid targets human rights activist and journalist Zoya Svetova

After Russian criminal investigators searched the flat of Zoya Svetova, a prominent journalist and human rights activist, this morning, Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia, said: “Today’s search of Zoya Svetova’s flat is deeply alarming. She is one of Russia’s most respected journalists and human rights activists – it is unclear what she might have to do with the criminal investigation against YUKOS.

Date:
28 February 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russia: Court offers ‘chink of light’ in case brought by jailed protester Ildar Dadin

This morning’s Constitutional Court ruling in Saint Petersburg scaling back Russia’s draconian rules on public protest offers a rare glimmer of hope for the right to peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said. In the case brought by Ildar Dadin, a prisoner of conscience who is the first and so far only person thrown behind bars because of the law, the Court stated clearly that criminal liability of protesters should be based on harm caused, or the threat of such harm, rather than the mere fact of holding an ‘unauthorized’ peaceful gathering.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Domestic Violence

Russia: Domestic violence law puts women at greater risk

After President Vladimir Putin signed a legal reform that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence, Anna Kirey, Deputy Director for Campaigns for Russia and Eurasia at Amnesty International, said: “While the Russian government claims this reform will ‘protect family values’, in reality it rides roughshod over women’s rights. It is a sickening attempt to further trivialize domestic violence, an issue the Russian government has long attempted to downplay.

Date:
8 February 2017
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Constitutional Court ruling - an opportunity to annul criminalisation of “unauthorised” peaceful protest

On 24 January, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation will consider prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin’s complaint questioning the constitutionality of Article 212. 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The hearing by the Constitutional Court offers the opportunity to repeal this legislative provision which enables criminal prosecution and imprisonment of peaceful protesters for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, to overturn Ildar Dadin’s conviction and enable his release.

Date:
23 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/5542/2017