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(Moscow) – Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on April 20, 2017 that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization should be closed down and no longer allowed to operate legally in Russia, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling, which affects more than 100,000…
Yaroslav Sivulsky, member of the Managerial center of the JW, gives interview after the court hearing in the Supreme Court on April 7, 2017, Moscow.
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(Moscow) – Local authorities are trying to silence even the mildest critics in advance of the September 18, 2016 election for the head, or governor, of Chechnya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today…
Men carrying a banner reading “Putin and Kadyrov are Russia’s foundation”. Grozny, Chechnya, January 2016.
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In today’s Russia, denying God’s existence can carry big risks. Just ask Viktor Krasnov, currently on trial in Stavropol for “offending religious feelings of believers,” and facing a possible year in prison.
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A man walks under an umbrella during a snowfall, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, in Red Square in central Moscow March 31, 2014.
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There is never a quiet moment in Dagestan. There are all the ‘counterterrorism' operations, when entire houses are destroyed and helicopters fire away into mountain gorges. There are explosions in the streets, and finding bombs that have not gone off yet…
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The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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Human Rights Watch/Helsinki condemned President Boris Yeltsin's decision today to sign the highly discriminatory Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations. Russia has returned to the Soviet practice of issuing legislation restricting rights…