Russia

Protesters arrested, journalists beaten and detained

Thousands protest in support of ousted Governor, several arrested and fined; Activists detained for protesting Constitutional reforms; Youtube channel host Dmitri Nizovtsev beaten for filming protests; Journalist Mila Zemtsova detained while covering pickets, pickets follow in support; Public hearing held for draft order on reporting requirements for non-profit organisations; State funded financial support extended to creative NGOs Read more

Protesters arrested, journalists beaten and detained

Peaceful Assembly affected by COVID-19 restrictions

Mass protests banned in Moscow due to COVID-19; Marches held to commemorate fifth anniversary of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov; Experts document decreased willingness to join protests; Jamestown Foundation and European Endowment for Democracy banned in Russia; Chechen Opposition blogger attacked by an unknown person Read more

Peaceful Assembly affected by COVID-19 restrictions

Journalists and critics face increasing threats and attacks

Former TV cameraman of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Leonid Krivenkov, brutally beaten; Chechen-born blogger Imran Aliev found dead in a hotel room in a city in France; Journalist Elena Milashina and lawyer Marina Dubrovina attacked by unknown men and women in Grozny; Memorial Centre launches a new programme to support political prisoners; Marches organised in Moscow and St. Petersburg in memory of slain lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova of the Novaya Gazeta; Police detain local activist Yevgeny Kozlov for participating in a solitary picket against proposed Constitutional reforms. Read more

Journalists and critics face increasing threats and attacks

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

On 25th July 2019, Russia’s Attorney General’s Office announced that the Washington-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, was declared an “undesirable organisation” on Russian territory. Read more

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

CSOs listed as foreign agents, as protesters clash with police

3 human rights NGOs listed as foreign agents, duma proposes regulation of non-traditional religious centres, protesters clash with police as they oppose construction of a church on Labor square, journalists denied access to court room during 'seti trial'. Read more

CSOs listed as foreign agents, as protesters clash with police

Judicial harassment against the members of Open Russia movement

On 21st January 2019, the first criminal investigation under Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of an undesirable organisation) was filed against human rights defender Anastasia Shevchenko. Read more

Judicial harassment against the members of Open Russia movement

Human Rights Activists convicted for Facebook posts

Lev Ponomaryov, human rights activist and the executive director of the organisation "For Human Rights", was sentenced to 25 days in administrative detention. Read more

 Human Rights Activists convicted for Facebook posts

Hundreds detained during protests against pension reforms

Since late September 2018 people in Russia's North Caucasus region of Ingushetia have been protesting over a controversial border delimitation deal with neighboring Chechnya signed by Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and Ramzan Kadyrov, his Chechen counterpart. Read more

Hundreds detained during protests against pension reforms

Journalists, bloggers to be included in foreign agents law

In August, the State Duma moved to widen the scope of Russia's foreign agent law so that it now captures individual journalists and bloggers. Read more

Journalists, bloggers to be included in foreign agents law

Authorities vilify NGOs as 'undesirable' ahead of March presidential election

A few days before the presidential elections, two European organisations involved in election monitoring were declared 'undesirable', namely Germany's European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and Lithuania's International Elections Study Centre. Read more

Authorities vilify NGOs as 'undesirable' ahead of March presidential election