Tag Archives: Russia

Ukraine’s Mariupol – suspicion, mistrust and a fear of what’s to come

By Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Programme at Amnesty International At first sight it seems as if it’s business as usual in Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine. This strategic port city just across a thin stretch … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead to wipe out dissent in Russia

By Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of Grani.ru, an independent online media outlet in Russia In Russia today the space for public debate and free exchange of information is shrinking so quickly that the thinking part of society does not have … Continue reading

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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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‘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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