Category Archives: Russian Federation

Made in Russia: Crimea’s grim human rights predicament

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, gives a rundown of the repression that awaits Crimea’s residents. Two decades of stuttering human rights reform in Ukraine was almost scuppered overnight when, on 16 January this year, the Parliament in Kyiv railroaded … Continue reading

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Two ways we can change the world

Real opportunities to change the world don’t come around very often. Then suddenly, two come along at once. In April, government officials will meet to discuss our private lives. Their distant decisions could translate into harsh realities – see our … Continue reading

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‘I’m afraid the future will be a nightmare’

By Lene Christensen, Media Advisor at Amnesty International Norway At a café in Sochi, 17-year-old “Ivan” quietly talks about his experiences as an openly gay young man in the Olympic city. A city in which there are no gay people, … Continue reading

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The first prisoner of conscience of Sochi2014

By Emile Affolter, Press Officer at Amnesty International Netherlands, currently in Sochi Just a couple of days before the Winter Olympic Games start in Sochi, an activist was arrested. Sadly, such arrests are not unusual in Russia, but the timing … Continue reading

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Activists warmed our hearts in a frightfully cold Moscow

By Frank Johansson, Director at Amnesty International Finland. Delivering a petition about freedom of expression to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s office in Moscow was actually quite a prosaic affair. Eight Amnesty directors walking through the door, past the security-check wearing … Continue reading

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