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Freedom of Assembly in Russia in 2016. Review of Legislation and Law Enforcement

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Criminalisation of the protest continues in Russia: the legislation is moving towards the creation of lists of the undesirable and the unreliable, which, probably, will soon be arrested simply for being in these lists. The so-called “Yarovaya Package”1 is a serious attempt to equate the authorities’ criticism not with extremism, but with terrorism, and at the same time solve the problem of competition of other faiths and practices with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian Golos forced to temporarily freeze its cooperation with EPDE

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On 13 March 2018, five days before the presidential election in Russia, EPDE and its Lithuanian member IESC were listed as "undesirable organisations" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The listing limits, in the first instance, the rights of Russian citizen election observers and isolates them from international election observation and contacts with experts from other countries. The Russian state can impose a high fine, as well as even a prison term of up to six years on every Russian citizen who cooperates with the EPDE in order to promote democracy in Russia.

New Bill On 'Foreign Agent' Media Advances In Russian Duma

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Russian lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a bill that would enable the government to brand some individual journalists and bloggers -- not only media outlets -- as foreign agents. The bill, passed in the first of three readings in the State Duma on January 12, allows the Justice Ministry to designate people who are "performing the function of a media outlet" as foreign agents.

Russia’s new foreign agent legislation will further silence independent media

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On 22 November, Russia’s Federation Council approved new legislation designed to assign “foreign agent” status to foreign media organisations. Previously voted through by the Russian parliament, this new “foreign agents” law was received 154 votes, with one abstention. There’s no doubt that Vladimir Putin will soon sign the document into law. The question now is: how will this legislation, which was clearly written in a rush, be applied?

Russian Lawmakers Draft Bill Targeting Foreign Media

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After the Kremlin-run news channel RT capitulated to a U.S. deadline to register as a foreign agent, Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill targeting foreign news outlets in retaliation. RT’s chief editor Margarita Simonyan and the U.S. Department of Justice said the broadcaster's American branch had met a Monday deadline to register as a foreign agent. Russian officials last week vowed a speedy response to what Moscow says is a crackdown on Russian media.

There are at least 117 political prisoners in Russia today, says Memorial, and the number continues to grow

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As the Memorial Human Rights Centre explains, it now divides its periodic lists in two. Some are persecuted for political reasons (51 individuals); others have suffered harassment and denial of their rights because of their religion (66 individuals). 

NGO Head First Russian Charged Under 'Foreign Agent' Law

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A human rights activist in southern Russia's Rostov region has become the first person to face criminal prosecution under the country's controversial "foreign agent" law.

Russia Bans Protest Movement Ahead of Rallies Planned for Saturday

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This Wednesday, three days before the political movement “Open Russia” hopes to mobilize nationwide protests against the Kremlin, Russia’s Prosecutor General blacklisted the group as an “undesirable organization,” banning all its activities.

In Russia, 26 March continues

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Two weeks after Russia’s anti-corruption protests, activists and participants are still being tried, arrested and intimidated across the country. We continue our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we’ll bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.

The reality in Russia’s fake news attacks on environmentalists

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With the rise of Donald Trump, fake news hit the West with such surprising ferocity that it’s easy to forget how long Russia has been filling its own airwaves and newspapers with preposterous propaganda – and how easy the West has it by comparison.

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