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5 Years of ‘Foreign Agents’ Law Devastates Environmental Groups

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Satellite imagery that showing active wildfires (outlined in red) and smoke near the shoreline of Lake Baikal in southern Russia, July 27, 2017. The Russian environmental group Baikal Environmental Wave was deemed a "foreign agent" organization because it
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21 Environmental Groups in Russia Have Now Been Branded ‘Foreign Agents’

Last Friday morning, Yuri Ivanov, a member and former director of Kola Environmental Center (KEC), arrived at his office and learned from the news that the Justice Ministry had listed KEC as a “foreign agent.” “It is not a big surprise for us,” sighed…
Cover of the children’s book “Sad fairytale about sea animals, oil and kerosene” by Sergey Tararaksin, published by Kola Environmental Center to raise awareness of environmental issues through children’s literature.
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Environmental Rights Center Labeled “Foreign Agent”

2017, officially designated as Russia’s “Year of Ecology,” is off to a disastrous start. On January 16, the authorities labeled one of the country’s most prominent environmental groups, Bellona-St. Petersburg, a “foreign agent organization.”
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Artem Alexeev, Bellona-St. Petersburg executive director, at the all-Russia conference, “Reality and perspectives of ecological movement in Russia,” November 1, 2016.
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Environmental Groups Battling Wildfires in Russia Are Attacked

When you fight wildfires, you probably think nature’s rage is what you must fear. Not in Russia, not for activists.
 
 Last week, environmental activists were attacked while tackling wildfires in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region. Activists from…
Michael Kreindlin, a Greenpeace member, after being beaten by attackers in Krasnodar region, Russia, September 8, 2016.
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The New Brics Bank is an Opportunity to Learn Lessons and Ensure Every Infrastructure Project Protects Human Rights

The emerging Brics economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – struck an agreement this month to establish a development bank with an initial capital of $100bn. The Brics want the bank to mobilise resources for infrastructure and…
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Evgeny Vitishko’s troubles with Russia’s authorities began several years ago and continue today. The one constant has been the injustice and the political motivation behind it all as Russia marched towards the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Vitishko, a member…
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IOC Should Urge Authorities to Free Evgenii Vitishko

February 19, 2014 Update  Environmental activist Evgenii Vitishko completed a 15-day administrative sentence on February 18, 2014, and was scheduled to be released for two days before being sent to a penal colony to serve his three-year sentence on…
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With the Winter Olympics opening ceremony just two days away, the torch relay has arrived in Krasnodar, the region where Sochi is located. The day before, in highly questionable Olympic spirit, local authorities conducted a special sweep targeting so-…
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Presidential Candidates Need to Take a Stand Against Abuses

(New York) – The next president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should ensure that future host countries comply with human rights in full accordance with the Olympic Charter, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)…
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Six Months Before Olympics Launch, Fresh Concerns about Intimidation

(Moscow) – Local authorities have harassed numerous activists and journalists who criticized or expressed concerns about preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The six-month countdown to the Sochi Games opening ceremony is this week. …
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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Unconfirmed reports by Russian and foreign media indicate that a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Ruslan Odizhev, was killed in a police raid this morning in Nalchik, capital of the Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Odizhev was on a federal wanted list…
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Growing Trend Defies International Law

Governments in Europe and North America are increasingly sending suspects to abusive states on the basis of flimsy “diplomatic assurances” that expose the detainees to serious risk of torture and ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch said in a new report…