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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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • Campaigns
  • Russian Federation
  • Detention

Russian Federation: Further information: Release Chechen man returned to Russia: Murad Amriev

Chechen torture survivor Murad Amriev was handed over to the Russian authorities by Belarusian police at 3am on 9 June in what amounts to a rendition. His whereabouts are currently unknown and he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. The Chechen authorities had requested his extradition to face charges in Grozny, the Chechen capital, however there are no grounds to detain him and he must be released immediately.

Date:
9 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6473/2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • Unfair Trials

Russia: Conviction of librarian for holding ‘extremist books’ demonstrates utter contempt for rule of law

The conviction of Natalya Sharina, former Director of the state-run Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, for holding ‘extremist books’ demonstrates utter contempt for the rule of law and highlights flaws in the independence of Russia’s judiciary, said Amnesty International today. Natalya Sharina was found guilty of ‘inciting hatred’ and ‘embezzlement’ and handed a four years suspended sentence by the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow.

Date:
5 June 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Global activists demand protection for gay men in Chechnya

Amnesty International has gathered more than half a million signatures worldwide on petitions calling for an end to the appalling persecution of men perceived to be gay in the Russian republic of Chechnya. As part of a global day of action on 2 June, Amnesty International activists will hand in petitions to Russian embassies around the world. There will also be an array of stunts in major cities in the next week, to protest the coordinated campaign of abductions, torture and death by the Chechen authorities.

Date:
30 May 2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Unlawful Detention

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: Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses is an assault on Freedom of Assembly and Conscience

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