Category Archives: Europe And Central Asia

Russia’s increasingly harsh climate for environmentalists

By Conor Fortune, News Writer, and Friederike Behr, Researcher on Russia at Amnesty International There’s plenty wrong with the environment in Russia today, though the authorities might have you believe otherwise. It’s true that the country boasts an expansive network … Continue reading

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‘The voices of free Russia will be heard’

By Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of Grani.ru, a banned independent online media outlet in Russia In Russia we have paid dearly, very dearly, for words: penal servitude under the tsars for the distribution of subversive tracts, and years of Soviet … Continue reading

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Lives on hold

Natalia Prilutskaya, Amnesty’s Campaigner on Russia, meets Sasha Kunko whose boyfriend has been imprisoned in Russia for the last two years. He was arrested following the May 2012 Bolotnaya protest in Moscow, when tens of thousands of people demonstrated against … Continue reading

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Belgrade Pride 2014 – ‘We are all LGBTI’

By Todor Gardos, Amnesty International’s campaigner on Serbia As I was getting on a plane to Serbia last Friday, my mind ran through all the different scenarios that could potentially have halted Belgrade Pride again this year. I know how … Continue reading

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Four young daughters lost in a Mediterranean shipwreck

Syrian doctor Hasan Wahid lost his four young daughters in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean on 11 October 2013. His family’s story illustrates the impossible choices – and terrible dangers – refugees and migrants face trying to reach Europe. Hasan … Continue reading

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