Mr. Ponomaryov, director of the For Human Rights movement, was sentenced to three days of administrative custody
Lev Ponomaryov, 68-year-old director of the For Human Rights movement, was sentenced to three days of administrative custody. Judge Pronjakin found him guilty of refusal to obey police orders and attempting to stage an unsanctioned march with the Russian banner.
Many of the Finno-Ugrian peoples within Russia are in danger of extinction or becoming absorbed by the Russians
Resolution on Russia Submitted by the Finnish PEN Centre and seconded bythe Russian and Danish PEN Centres The Assembly of Delegates of International PEN, meeting at its 76th International Congress in Tokyo, Japan, 25th September - 1st October 2010.
Article by Oksana Chelysheva about actions of Strategy-31 movement in more than 40 regions of Russia
31 July. 6 pm. Moscow, Triumfalnaya Square. Nizhny Novgorod, Freedom Square. Rostov-on-Don, Gorky Park. Kaliningrad, Victory Square. Ryazan, Lenin Square. More than 40 regions have joined the Strategy 31 by now.
21:03 19-05-2010 Articles
Article by Clifford Levy describes the bravery of journalists who have been brutally attacked for reporting
The list of reporters who have been murdered while uncovering organized crime in Moscow or reporting on the war in Chechnya is chillingly long. An article by Clifford Levy in The Times this week describes the bravery of journalists who have been brutally attacked for reporting on local corruption.
Heidi Hautala concerned about human rights activist Alexey Sokolov five-year sentence in prison colony
"I have learned with deep concern the disturbing news of the sentencing of the human rights activist Alexey Sokolov on 13 May 2010 to five years' imprisonment sentence in high security prison colony on the alleged crime of theft and robbery", said chair of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights.
The Observatory has received new information about Ms. Anastasia Denisova, a youth group promoting tolerance
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the withdrawal of the charges faced by Ms. Anastasia Denisova, President of ETHnICS, a Krasnodar-based youth group promoting tolerance. Over the past months, Ms. Anastasia Denisova was subjected to repeated acts of harassment.
VimpelCom-owned provider Corbina/Beeline on Feb. 2 blocked the IP address that hosted web site Limonov2012
The web site of dissident author Eduard Limonov became accessible again for users of a major Internet provider after it emerged that the site had only been unavailable because it shared an IP provider with other sites banned as extremist.
Arkady Lander, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Mestnaya (Local) was brutally beaten in Sochi
Regional prosecutors should immediately investigate the brutal attack on Monday on Arkady Lander, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Mestnaya (Local) in the southern city of Sochi, and bring his assailants to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
13:08 23-04-2010 Declaration
On April 14, 2010 "For Courage" international prize presentation ceremony happened in Jakarta (Indonesia). This year the laureates come from four NGO's from different countries, among them – human rights defenders from North Caucasus.
Statement by the OMCT about the transfer of Mr. Albert Saaev, 28 years old computer expert and known hacker
The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS), a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network, about the illegal transfer of Mr. Albert Saaev, 28 years old computer expert and known hacker.
Statement by the OMCT about Mr. Magomed Khazbiev, a well-known Ingush opposition leader and journalist
The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the largest network of NGOs fighting against torture, is writing to you to express its serious concern about the situation of Mr. Magomed Khazbiev, a well-known Ingush opposition leader and journalist.
Police try to search Moscow-based independent weekly New Times for sources to story about elite unit
Reporters Without Borders condemns today’s abortive attempt by the Moscow police to search the premises of the Moscow-based independent weekly New Times/Novoye Vremya in execution of a court order that is the subject of an appeal by the weekly.
Ingush opposition leader and independent journalist, Magomed Khazbiev Magomed Khazbiev Fears For His Life
Russian authorities have issued a federal warrant for the arrest of three brothers of the Ingush opposition leader and independent journalist, Magomed Khazbiev, The Caucasian Knot reported. Two of Khazbiev's close colleagues have been murdered.
15:25 12-03-2010 Articles
Window on Eurasia: ‘Putin Must Go’ Petition Gains Signatories Despite DOS Attacks on Sites Pointing to It
Arguing that the only way out for Russia is the complete overhaul of the system of power Vladimir Putin has put in place, leaders of Russia’s so-called “extra-systemic” opposition are circulating an 870-word petition on the Internet calling for the ouster of the from any position of power in the country.
Statement by the CPJ about the criminal prosecution of five independent journalists from Dagestan Republic
Editor-in-Chief Nadira Isayeva and reporters Magomed Magomedov, Artur Mamayev, Timur Mustafayev, and Biyakai Magomedov are charged with incitement of hatred and demeaning the honor of law enforcement officials as a “social group” in several stories published in Chernovik in 2008.
Article by Oksana Chelysheva about famous russian opposition political figure and writer Eduard Limonov
On the 7th of March human rights defender from the Finnish "Russian-Chechen Friendship Society" Oksana Chelysheva wrote an article on Russia's famous writer and opposition politic Eduard Limonov, persecuted by the authorities for their activities.
Malik and Khadijat Gataevy's message about the illegal actions of the Security Police of Lithuanian Republic
At the 5th of march has learned that the citizens of Russia, Malik and Khadijat Gataevy appealed to the leadership of the Republic of Lithuania about the actions of the security police engaged in provocations against them.
Letter of relatives of killed Ms. Fatima Dzhanieva and Mr. Maksharip Aushev to President Dmitry Medvedev
Ali Dzhaniev, Magomed Adzhiev, Yusup Dobriev and Yunus Dobriev, all four relatives of Ms. Fatima Dzhanieva, widow of the well-known activist from Ingushetia, Mr. Maksharip Aushev, killed on 25 October 2009, in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Union of Political Émigrés from Russian Federation organized at the Glavred Media Center in Ukrainian capital
A group of Russians who have been forced to flee their homeland because of political persecution have formed a Union of Political Émigrés in the Ukrainian capital, the latest and in some ways most curious and disturbing case in the long history of political emigration from Russia.
Rights activists dispute Russian account of Chechen civilian's killings in Ingushetia's Sunzha district last week
Accounts by Russian officials of a counterterrorism operation in Ingushetia's Sunzha district last week differ from local reports of what happened. Local police and security officials initially said that between 14 and 18 Islamic militants were killed in fighting on February 11-12.
Statement by the CPJ about the murder of prominent journalist and human rights defender Natalya Estemirova
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities investigating the July 2009 murder of prominent Russian journalist and human rights defender Natalya Estemirova to publicize their progress on the case seven months after the crime.
Statement bt the Reporters Without Borders about controlled media in Sochi behind Winter Olympics facade
As tomorrow’s closing ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics turns the spotlight on Sochi, the host of the next Winter Games in 2014, Reporters Without Borders would like to cast its own light on the situation of the news media in this Black Sea city and in Krasnodar.
On 27 February 2010 Vadim Karastelejov (aged 44), an expert with Novorossijsk Human Rights Committee, was assaulted by two people armed with clubs. He has suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital where he was operated the same day. Doctors find his condition as serious.
Igor Sutyagin, is serving a 15-year sentence in Arkhangelsk region, thanks all his supporters for their letters
The scholar Igor Sutyagin expresses his thanks to everyone who haswritten to him. Sutyagin, recognized as a political prisoner by Amnesty International, is serving a 15-year sentence for fabricated charges inthe difficult conditions of a penal colony in the northern Arkhangelsk region.
Yulia Privedennaia,a member of "F.A.K.E.L.-P.O.R.T.O.S." was remanded in the Moscow Serbskii Institute
Yulia Privedennaia, a civil society activist and leading member of a group whose stated aim is to promote a happier society, has been sent to a psychiatric hospital by a Moscow court. Independent psychiatrists say that there was no basis for hospitalizing her.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov drops charges against two human rights defenders but pressure continues
OMCT takes note of the announcement of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's decision to withdraw the complaints filed against two prominent human rights defenders, but remains concerned about the continuing threats faced by defenders in the Chechen Republic.
19:22 05-02-2010 Declaration
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), condemns the arbitrary arrest of at least 100 protesters, including Mr. Oleg Orlov, at a peaceful demonstration in Moscow.
Mr. Sokolov was transferred to the Soukhoi Log detention centre, where he was assaulted by his new cell mate
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the repeated assaults committed against Mr. Alexei Sokolov, Head of the organisation “Pravovaja osnova” (Legal Basis), which struggles against torture and ill-treatment of people in detention.
The Observatory has been informed about continuing acts of harassment faced by Ms. Anastasia Denisova
Ms. Anastasia Denisova, President of ETHnICS, a Krasnodar-based youth group promoting tolerance, and also a member of the Krasnodar section of the Memorial Human Rights Centre was searched during more than three hours by police officers from the Krasnodar Crimes Department.
Publication of a judicial observation mission report on the trial against the Human Rights Centre “Memorial”
After the 2009 European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded on December 16 to the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” as well as to Mr. Oleg Orlov, Mr. Sergei Kovalev and Ms. Lyudmila Alexeyeva.
Finnish-Russian Civic Forum about the inhumane treatment and torture in the colonies of Saint Petersburg
Vadim Karastelejov, an expert with Novorossijsk Human Rights Committee, was assaulted by two people
Police try to search Moscow-based independent weekly New Times for sources to story about elite unit