Russia

State continues to restrict and threaten civic space

This update details several recent incidents of civic space violations. Read more

State continues to restrict and threaten civic space

Head of Chechen human rights NGO detained and staff threatened

On 9th January 2018, police detained Oyub Titiev, the head of the local office of the human rights organisation "Memorial” in Grozny, Chechnya. Read more

Head of Chechen human rights NGO detained and staff threatened

Continued persecution of civil society under the "foreign agents" law

On 1st August 2017, the Tak-Tak-Tak Human Rights Fund from Novosibirsk suffered a defeat in its case at the court of appeals over its inclusion in the registry of "foreign agents". The group would not voluntarily register as a "foreign agent", thus incurring a fine of 200,000 rubles (3,475 USD). According to Radio Free Europe, Viktor Yukechev, the director of the Fund, has also been penalised with a 50,000 ruble fine. Read more

Continued persecution of civil society under the "foreign agents" law

Russian authorities continue to curtail freedom of religion

In April 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia labelled the work of the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Centre "extremist activity". According to the court decision, all property of the organisation would be confiscated by the state. In response, the Jehovah's Witnesses community has appealed the decision. Read more

Russian authorities continue to curtail freedom of religion

New Russian laws to further limit internet use and curtail freedom of expression

In June, the Russian parliament voted on two laws that will regulate the internet, and further curtail freedom of expression on social media. Read more

New Russian laws to further limit internet use and curtail freedom of expression

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

The case of Russian opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, drew wide public attention in February 2017 when the Prosecutor General’s office decided that Dadin’s actions did not constitute a crime and petitioned for his release. Read more

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

Russian civil society organisations continue to challenge 'foreign agents' law

Through domestic and international appeals and advocacy, organisations including Memorial and Glasnost continue to challenge the fairness of Russia's widely-condemned 'foreign agents' law. Read more

Russian civil society organisations continue to challenge 'foreign agents' law

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

On 2nd October, the international branch of the human rights group Memorial was designated as a 'foreign agent' by the Justice Ministry of the Russian Federation. Read more

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Several foreign CSOs were designated "undesirable" and Russian groups were banned from working with them, while a leading independent polling agency was declared a foreign agent. Read more

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations