• 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 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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Russia

  • 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.
  • Jan 24, 2015
  • Jan 19, 2015
  • Jan 18, 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.

  • Jan 15, 2015
  • 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.
  • Dec 24, 2014
    Russian authorities have failed to investigate strong evidence that at least 12 of the defendants convicted on December 23, 2014, on mass terrorism charges had been tortured and their coerced confessions used as evidence, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Dec 17, 2014

    In the past few days a Russian human rights group in Chechnya and its staff have been the targets of an apparent arson attack, arbitrary arrest and detention, death threats, and serial harassment. Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders and Human Rights Watch are alarmed about serious threats to the safety of the group’s staff and urge you to ensure that the arson attack is immediately investigated and that effective measures are taken to protect the human rights defenders.

  • Dec 15, 2014
  • Dec 15, 2014
    Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence.