Russia

Civic freedoms continue to deteriorate in the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Thousands arrested in anti-war protests in Russia; New law criminalises reporting on the war in Ukraine; CSOs denounce persecution of activist; Supreme Court affirms liquidation of Memorial International Read more

Civic freedoms continue to deteriorate in the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Mass anti-war protests, censorship, as population denounces Ukraine invasion

As the war began in Ukraine, Russian authorities embarked on a severe crackdown on civic freedoms after authorities embarked on a brutal crackdown on nationwide anti-war protests, threatened media outlets to get them to delete publications about the war in Ukraine, interfered with access to social media and blocked access to media websites - as described in the update below. Read more

Mass anti-war protests, censorship, as population denounces Ukraine invasion

Demonstrators protest alleged rigging of parliamentary elections

Over 1,000 supporters of the communist party gathered in Moscow in protest, as they accused the Russian leadership of falsifying the election, especially online voting; Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov is one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaia Gazeta awarded Nobel Peace Prize; Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) announced that they had stopped their activities inside Russia in a bid to protect their journalists from government retaliation Read more

Demonstrators protest alleged rigging of parliamentary elections

Journalists and CSOs face a clampdown

The Moscow City Court extended until October 7 the arrest of the former journalist of Kommersant and Vedomosti, Ivan Safronov, adviser to Roscosmos head. By that time, he will be under arrest for a whole year. The former war correspondent is suspected of high treason. All this time, he is deprived of the opportunity to meet with relatives and friends. A few hours earlier, the head of the human rights project Team 29, lawyer Ivan Pavlov, defending the arrested journalist and the FBK founded by Russian politician Alexei Navalny, was detained in Moscow. Read more

Journalists and CSOs face a clampdown

CSOs and media publications in Russia face restriction

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation included the online publication Meduza, registered in Latvia, and the First Anti-Corruption Media (PASMI), in the register of media performing the functions of a foreign agent. That means that the publications have lost almost all their income. According to the Russian media, the Russian Ministry of Justice informed that Meduza meets all the law criteria on foreign agents. These criterions are: registering a publisher in a foreign jurisdiction, receiving funding from abroad and disseminating information in Russia, and that unnamed government authorities have confirmed foreign funding for Meduza. Read more

CSOs and media publications in Russia face restriction

Pro-Nalvany protests record unprecedented number of arrests and prosecutions

more than 11,000 people were detained by law enforcement and over 9,000 administrative cases and 90 criminal cases were filed against protesters calling for the release of Navalny across 125 cities between January and February; New law to regulate foreign agents which introduces criminal liability for natural persons-foreign agents who have not applied for their inclusion in the register of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation takes effect in March; Journalists face pressure because of their investigative activities Read more

Pro-Nalvany protests record unprecedented number of arrests and prosecutions

Russia: Thousands arrested, fined, charged in nationwide pro-opposition protests

Thousands arrested, fined, charged in protests supporting Alexey Navalny; Habarovsk residents continue with sustained protests in 2020; New law bans foreign financing of demonstrations and rallies; Dozens of journalists arrested while covering protests; YouTube and Facebook risk fines for refusing to delete prohibited information; Russian journalist burns herself in protest against Russian authorities; EPDE publishes report on the effect of new laws on future elections Read more

Russia: Thousands arrested, fined, charged in nationwide pro-opposition protests

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