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What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

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Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. The demonstrations of March and April teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. By Alexey Kozlov

Russian NGOs included in the registry of "foreign agents" and Background

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Russian NGOs included in the registry of "foreign agents" and Background

Freedom of Association in the Russian Federation

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Freedom of Association in the Russian Federation. A report on developments in 2015

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

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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.

Demonstration execution training in Russia

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The video of the training exercise of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the police (OMON) of the Russian Federation, which took place in Tyumen in April leaked to YouTube. In it one sees "protesters" (whose role was played by military staff and security officers) being dispersed by the troops.

Amnesty International: Attack on rights group in Chechnya: Investigate mob violence

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The Russian authorities should take urgent steps to protect human rights defenders working in Chechnya from attacks and harassment, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders said today.

The law on “undesirable NGOs” will exclude any organisation the Russian government doesn’t like. Legal analysis

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The federal law “On introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation” (the law on “undesirable NGOs”) passed its third reading on 19 May and was signed into law by the Russian president on 23 May 2015.

Oleg Sentsov: “I feel far freer than most Russians”

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko are facing 20-year sentences for not cooperating with the FSB and ‘confessing’ to a Right Sector ‘terrorist plot.  Sentsov’s letter shows yet again that the FSB miscalculated with these Ukrainian hostages

Analysts: To the Kremlin, Foreign Meddling a Greater Threat Than Graft

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As far as the Kremlin is concerned, foreign meddling poses a greater threat to the country than corruption does, analysts said Wednesday, responding to the Justice Ministry's recent decision to deem Transparency International's Russian branch (TI-R) as a "foreign agent."

Putin’s enemy within: Demonising the “fifth column”

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About a year ago, a gigantic banner was posted on Moscow’s largest bookshop. Written on the banner were the words “Fifth Column: Foes Among Us”.

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