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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
  • 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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/5542/2017
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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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 50/5330/2016
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  • 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
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  • 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
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/4760/2016
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  • Russian Federation
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russian Federation: Further Information: Librarian’s case sent back for investigation: Natalya Sharina

On 15 August, the Moscow Prosecutor General’s office refused to sign the indictment against Natalya Sharina and the case was sent back for further investigation. It is expected that Natalya Sharina’s house arrest will be extended on 26 August. She is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
25 August 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/4710/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Killing the music: Buskers ensnared by Russian protest laws

The first notes of a traditional Russian folk melody were drifting across central Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square when the police car pulled up. Lyubov Startseva and Violetta Mikhaylova, award-winning students at St Petersburg’s Mussorgsky Music Academy, exchanged a worried glance over their instruments. They had been busking plenty of times back in St Petersburg without being bothered by the authorities. Two policemen stepped out of the car and inspected their identity cards.

Date:
10 August 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Further information: Blogger imprisoned after appeal rejected: Darya Poliudova

On 20 April political activist and blogger Darya Poliudova arrived in the open prison colony in Novorossiisk, Krasnodar Krai, where she will be serving her sentence after her appeal was rejected on 30 March. She has submitted another appeal. Darya Poliudova is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
9 May 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/3991/2016
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  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Further information: Prisoner of conscience targeted and harassed: Rafis Kashapov

Tatar activist and prisoner of conscience Rafis Kashapov is currently serving a three-year sentence for criticizing the Russian government. He has been discriminated against and harassed by being singled out for punishment in a corrective prison colony in the Komi Republic, in northern Russia.

Date:
22 April 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/3889/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Russian Federation: Further information: Librarian's house arrest extended: Natalya Sharina

Librarian Natalya Sharina has been under house arrest since 30 October 2015 for the library holding “extremist literature”. She was charged with a new offence on 5 April which makes it possible to extend her period of house arrest for up to a year. She is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
15 April 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/3849/2016
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Unfair Trials

“Prisoners of Bolotnaya”: Maksim Panfilov, the latest victim of a politically-motivated prosecution

Almost three years after the Bolotnaya Square demonstration in Moscow on 6 May 2012, criminal investigations against protesters are still open and new arrests continue to be made. On 7 April 2016, Maksim Panfilov, a 30 year-old resident of Astrakhan was detained on charges of participation in a mass riot, and of using “force not dangerous to life or health” against a police officer for which he could face a maximum prison sentence of eight and five years for each alleged crime respectively.

Date:
12 April 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 46/3826/2016