• On the night before the “foreign agents” law came into force, unknown individuals sprayed graffiti reading, “Foreign Agent! ♥ USA” on the buildings hosting the offices of three prominent NGOs in Moscow, including Memorial.
    The Russian government in 2014 took a leap backwards demonstrating little respect for its human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The government expanded its crackdown on independent voices through even more restrictions on free expression.

Reports

Russia

  • Feb 6, 2015

    In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide campaign of inspections of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify advocacy groups the government deems “foreign agents” and force them to register as such. This list tracks the legal consequences of the law on dozens of NGOs.

  • Feb 5, 2015
    A group of unidentified men attacked a defense lawyer on February 4, 2015, in Dagestan, Russia’s turbulent republic in the North Caucasus, causing multiple injuries.
  • Feb 3, 2015
    “We have a few questions for you," a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    The Russian government in 2014 took a leap backwards demonstrating little respect for its human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The government expanded its crackdown on independent voices through even more restrictions on free expression.
  • Jan 28, 2015
    As the car crawls through the fog on an icy road in the Caucasus Mountains, my phone keeps ringing. "Are you by any chance in Donetsk? Does Human Rights Watch have someone in eastern Ukraine now?" I reply, "We sure do. But I happen to be in Dagestan and there is this outrageous situation. … Oh, just the contact details for my colleague in Ukraine?"
  • Jan 26, 2015
    The Russian government crackdown against nongovernmental organizations shows that the 2012 “foreign agent” law amounts to little more than an effort to crush dissent and debate that is essential in a democratic society.
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  • Dec 31, 2014
    The Russian government's excessive control over social media made international headlines last week. The state media oversight agency, at the request of prosecutors, forced the popular social network Facebook to block a support page for a Russian opposition leader and prominent anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny, who is on trial in a case he has called politically motivated.