Russia: “Your children will go to an orphanage”: Children and the crackdown on protest

Russian authorities, in their crackdown on dissent and particularly those opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, do not only silence and imprison adults but target children as well. They deny children their right to freedom of expression, and use threats and reprisals against children themselves and their parents as retribution for their attempts to exercise this right, including harassment by school staff, arbitrary arrests, searches and criminal prosecution in proceedings that violate the right to a fair trial, and taking children away or threatening to do so from parents who criticize the authorities. Schools indoctrinate children and single out dissenting students.

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