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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
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  • 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: 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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EUR 46/5542/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russian Federation: Ildar Dadin moved to a new prison

Following revelations that he had been tortured in Segezha prison colony, prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin was moved to a new prison colony. On 6 January his family were informed that he is now in Prison Colony 5 in the Altai district of Southern Siberia. Between 5 December and 6 January neither his wife nor his lawyer were informed about his whereabouts.

Date:
16 January 2017
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EUR 46/5506/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Crimea: In the dark - the silencing of dissent

The Crimean Tatar community has been subjected to systematic persecution by the Russian authorities since the occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, said Amnesty International in a report published today. In the Dark: The silencing of dissent looks at the repressive tactics employed by the Russian authorities against the Crimean Tartar community and other dissenting voices in the two and a half years they have been in control the Crimean peninsula.

Date:
15 December 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ukraine: Crimea in the dark: The silencing of dissent

Since the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea in February-March 2014, the Russian and de facto local authorities, have demanded total submission to this brute fact. With most opponents of Crimea’s annexation harassed into exile or silence, Crimean Tatar leaders and activists have been the most organized focus of opposition, and have borne the brunt of the repression. Their representative structure, the Mejlis, was banned as an “extremist” organisation and any association with it has been outlawed; its leaders have been exiled or prosecuted on a range of trumped up charges; several have been forcibly disappeared.

Date:
15 December 2016
Ref:
EUR 50/5330/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russia: Shocking new torture allegations by prisoner of conscience must be investigated

Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ildar Dadin, a peaceful street protester convicted for participation in “unauthorized” assemblies, and investigate his allegations of torture, Amnesty International said today. Ildar Dadin’s letter from prison was published by Meduza online newspaper on Tuesday. “Ildar Dadin’s allegations of beatings, humiliation and rape threats are shocking, but unfortunately they are just the latest in a string of credible reports indicating that torture and other ill treatment are being widely used in the Russian penal system with impunity, with the aim of silencing any form of dissent,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

Date:
1 November 2016
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Unlawful Detention

Russian Federation: Farmers and truck drivers imprisoned for a peaceful protest against corruption

Following a peaceful protest by farmers from the Kuban Region in southern Russia, an increasing number of people have been detained in so-called administrative detention in Rostov-on-Don and the Krasnodar area, in clear violation of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. All individuals detained in connection with the farmers’ peaceful protest should be released immediately and unconditionally as they have been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights.

Date:
2 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 46/4760/2016