The exhibition vandalism case closed


Moscow police closed the case of the pogrom on Vadim Sidur's exhibition at the Manezh in August 2015. It is reported that the case was closed on September 23, "due to the lack of evidence." Polina Yesipenko, a former suspect in the case, announced the decision on Monday on her Facebook page.

The mayhem at the exhibition "Sculptures that we do not see" at the Manezh was organized by the leader of the movement "God's will" Dmitry Tsorionov (Enteo) and several of his supporters, including Enteo's girlfriend Polina Yesipenko who is always involved in all the actions. The rioters damaged four of Sidur's lino cuts, saying these works offended the feelings of the faithful. Two of the works were damaged very seriously. According to the experts of the Center named after Grabar, they required a long-term restoration with the use of some individual techniques.

HRC has found confirmation of torture


The Human Rights Council members finished working in the Karelian colony where an opposition member, Ildar Dadin, is kept. The acts of violence he had described were confirmed, as reported by a member of the HRC, Igor Kalyapin, on Tuesday.

"We have completed the work in Segezha, now we are going to write a memo and give it to the head of the HRC, Mikhail Fedotov. We will carefully analyze and calculate the evidence base and present the findings as lawyers do", - he said.

Why the Amnesty International office is sealed


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The Moscow City Property Department changed the locks in the office of the human rights organization Amnesty International due to the fact that it had violated the terms of paying the rent for the premises. The Department said that the organization had been informed of the necessity to pay the debt within one month, and that otherwise the contract, initially signed for a period of three months, would be terminated. 'The dishonest tenant ignored the claim', - said the agency.

Russian Rights Official Says Amnesty To Return To Moscow Office


Staff of the rights watchdog Amnesty International can return to their Moscow office they were evicted from, Reuters news agency quotes a Kremlin human rights adviser as saying. Moscow authorities sealed off Amnesty’s office on November 2, barring staff from entry.

Russia makes U-turn after evicting Amnesty from Moscow office


Human rights group Amnesty International can return to the Moscow office it was evicted from this week, a Kremlin human rights adviser said on Thursday after discussing the matter with President Vladimir Putin.

Director of Ukrainian library in Moscow goes on trial for 'extremism'


A Moscow court is set to hold the first hearing of the case of Natalia Sharina – a director of Ukrainian library in Moscow, who was arrested last year on extremism charges. Sharina's lawyer Ivan Pavlov voiced hope that the trial would be public.

Staff blocked from Amnesty Moscow office: employee


The Moscow office of rights group Amnesty International has been sealed off by municipal officials so staff cannot get inside, a member of staff told Reuters on Wednesday.

The staff member, Alexander Artemyev, said that official seals had been placed on the entrances to the office, the locks had been changed and that power to the office had been cut off. He said no prior warning was given.

A representative of the Moscow state property department, from which Amnesty rents the office, said they had no immediate comment.

Searches in "Golos" - a Statement of the Human Rights Council


Searches are being carried out at our colleagues' — human rights activists from "Golos" organization for protection of voters' rights. They are held in a deliberately barbaric way: at 7 o'clock in the morning with the excuse of a water leak the apartment of Grigory Melkonyants, the Executive Director of "Golos" organization, is broken into. Then searches were carried out at Tatiana Troinova's, the Executive Director of the Interregional public Foundation "Golos" and Roman Udot, a member of the "Golos" movement.

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