Russia

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

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