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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.

The first application of the law of undesirable organisations


The press service of the Russian Ministry of Justice reported that the International Human Rights Society "Memorial", included in the foreign agents' registry, has been receiving cash replenishment from foreign organizations designated as undesirable in the Russian Federation.

Judicial harassment of human rights defender Valentina Cherevatenko


Human rights defender Ms Valentina Cherevatenko was interrogated at the 7thInvestigation Department in Rostov-on-Don on 6 May 2016 and subsequently on 10May 2016 as part of a preliminary inquiry into the alleged violation of the Foreign Agent Law under article 330.1 of the Criminal Code for “malicious evasion of duties imposed by the law on non-profit organisations performing the functions of a foreign agent”. Should an investigation be opened, it would be the first case of the criminal prosecution of a human rights defender under the Foreign Agent Law, voted into Russian Law in 2012.

Sociologists’ NGO obtains revocation of 'foreign agent' fine


The Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), an NGO based in St Petersburg, has succeeded in having a fine revoked by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. The Centre was represented by the lawyers’ association, the Club of Third Sector [i.e. Non-Profit - trans.] Lawyers, and its case was argued by the defence lawyer, Dmitry Bartenev, Article 20 reports, citing the Club of Third Sector Lawyers.

Help a Human Rights Defender Liudmila Kuzmina


The Russian inter-regional foundation for the development of civil society, GOLOS-Povolzhye, which was established in 2007, received grants from Moscow's GOLOS foundation in 2010-2012 as part of a joint project, Transparent Elections, financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Having paid taxes on the funds, Moscow's GOLOS foundation issued a grant to GOLOS-Povolzhye for civic monitoring of elections to public office and for educating the voters with the aim of encouraging them to take part in elections.

Court Ruling To Fine Sakharov Center In Moscow Canceled


The Moscow City Court has canceled a lower court's decision to fine the Moscow-based Sakharov Center for not complying with a controversial "foreign agents" law. 

Russia promises good things for obedient NGOs


Russia’s president and Prosecutor General have offered a stick and carrot approach to dealing with NGOs that the government views as pesky at a recent gathering of the nation’s prosecutors.

Pro-Democracy Nonprofit Is Banned in Russia


A nonprofit group that promotes democracy has become the latest American-linked group to be banned in Russia under restrictions on “undesirable” organizations signed into law by President Vladimir V. Putin in May.

Pavel Chikov: "Closing down an organization is not the same thing as a ban on its work"


For the first time in the history of modern Russia a court has ruled to close down an NGO – Agora Human Rights Association, which brings together a number of prominent Russian lawyers. Among Agora’s lawyers are those acting for Ukrainian citizens Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko. Examples of their cases include the defence of the Pussy Riot group, suspects in the Bolotnaya Square case, victims of torture in the Dalny police station in Kazan, and, currently, Petr Pavlensky who did an installation of the Maidan on Maly Koniushenny Bridge in St. Petersburg and set fire to the door of the FSB headquarters in Moscow. Ukrainskaya pravda spoke with Pavel Chikov, founder of Agora, to find out what it was like to head the now-closed human rights organization, why human rights activists are unable to agree about what to do regarding the protection of human rights in Crimea, and how the case of Sentsov and Kolchenko will end.

The Self-Government Body of the Crimean Tatar People must not be Banned


Over the past two years, members of the Crimean Tatar nationality and anyone involved in their self-government, the preservation of their cultural heritage, and their fight for their rights and freedoms have faced relentless persecution in Crimea. Many members of this nationality have an extremely unfavorable view of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, which was accompanied by the deployment of Russian troops, the removal of Ukrainian authorities under the threat of violence, and the establishment of Russian government bodies on Crimean territory.

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