Russian Federation

07/11/2017

From Caucasus to Bialowieza: Russian and Polish Civil Society Fighting for World Heritage

In July 2017, Krakow hosted the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This year, the high-profile event was characterised, on one hand, […]
06/11/2017

‘Torture’ in Criminal Law: Legal Norms and Standards of Judicial Review

  Intentional excessive suffering which an individual experiences against their will and cannot independently stop… (a definition of ‘torture’) The epigraph above does not […]
18/09/2017

“Today it’s about clothing size, but tomorrow, it could be eye and skin colour”

After winning a labour dispute with Aeroflot, flight attendant Evgeniya Magurina and her lawyer Ksenia Mikhailichenko of the Center for Social and Labor Rights […]
20/07/2017

Malicious Intent

*This article is an updated version of the original piece published here on 20 July. A week later, the events unfolded in an unexpected […]
07/07/2017

Vera Vrubel: “Here I Was, Mad as Hell”

Resident of St. Petersburg on Her Crusade against a Homophobic Entrepreneur Russian businessman German Sterligov is known for his ultra-Orthodox Christian views, among other […]
29/06/2017

Judgment in the Luzgin Case and Its Implications for Freedom of Historical Discussion

A local court in Perm, Russia found Vladimir Luzgin guilty of “publicly denying the facts established by the International Military Tribunal for trial and […]
02/05/2017

How Does National and International Law Protect Foreign Offenders?

While mindful of the challenges related to migration and asylum in Europe, one should not forget about yet another category of people who can […]
02/05/2017

Three Organisations Associated with Mikhail Khodorkovsky Declared ‘Undesirable’ in Russia

The Russian Ministry of Justice has listed three groups associated with democracy activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky in its register of “undesirable organisations”1http://minjust.ru/ru/activity/nko/unwanted: the UK-based Open […]
28/04/2017

Life in Crimea: Political Repression, Militarisation, Lawlessness and Censorship

Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the peninsula has faced a difficult situation. Russian authorities have pursued a repressive policy against the locals: […]
26/04/2017

Igor Kochetkov: “We Must Rescue All Those We Can Rescue and Help Them Leave Russia”

Igor Kochetkov, Russian LGBT-activist and chairman of the LGBT-Network, talks about the mass persecution of gay people in Chechnya, their possible evacuation from the […]
23/04/2017

Ukrainian ‘Drug Couriers’ in Russian Prisons. Difficulties in Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

The activities of two criminal groups engaged in human trafficking were halted by the efforts of victims’ parents with the help of human and […]
19/04/2017

How Do We Know the Number of People Detained during the Anti-Corruption Protests and Who They Are

Police arrested hundreds of people after anti-corruption protests swept across Russia on 26 March 2017. In Vladivostok alone 26 people were taken into custody […]