Tag Archives: Russia

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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Turning the clock back to Soviet times – but Russian NGOs will resist

By Stephania Kulaeva, head of a Russian non-governmental organization (NGO) which is being sued under the so-called “foreign agents law”. The law, enacted by the Russian authorities late last year, requires any NGO receiving foreign funding and engaging in what … Continue reading

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Russia’s backward march on human rights

By Lev Ponomaryov, head of the Russian non-governmental organization (NGO) For Human Rights, which is embroiled in a court hearing in connection with the so-called “foreign agents law”. The law, enacted by the Russian authorities late last year, requires any … Continue reading

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