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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed chronic under-resourcing in health care. The authorities used the pandemic as a pretext to continue the crackdown on all dissent, including through amendments to a vaguely worded law on “fake news” and tightening restrictions on public gatherings. Peaceful protesters,...
Russia Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Anti-war Protest in Russia

People in Russia are not able to protest peacefully without fear of reprisals. A week into its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russia introduced war censorship laws to make criticism the invasion a grave offence. Two years on, many people are serving lengthy prison sentences for...
Europe and Central Asia Death in Custody

Russia: Authorities must release Aleksei Navalny’s body and allow access for an independent investigation into the cause of his death

Responding to the reports that Aleksei Navalny’s mother has been told her son’s body will not be released except for a secret burial, Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “This is a blatant attempt by the Russian authorities to cause further suffering to an already...