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20/05/2022

“The main thing for us is to help women mobilise their inner resources.” Interview with Natalia Korzhova of the “You Are Not Alone” Centre

“You Are Not Alone is an NGO active in HIV prevention in the city of Voronezh and the surrounding area. Legal Dialogue interviewed project coordinator Natalya Korzhova about the Center's "Equipage" project helping sex workers, about the hidden HIV epidemic in the area, and about barriers to helping their clients access justice.
17/05/2022

“More women with HIV seek legal assistance.” Interview with Ekaterina Artemenko, Womanplus.info

Womanplus.info is an online digital platform that was originally created to provide advice to women living with HIV in two Russian regions and has since extended to several other countries as well as the entire Russian territory. Legal Dialogue interviewed project manager Ekaterina Artemenko about the needs of women with HIV, the platform's efforts to help refugees, and the challenges of working under sanctions.
16/05/2022

“Threat to life is often underestimated in a situation of violence”. Interview with Anastasia Maskaeva, Crisis Centre for Women

“INGI. Crisis Centre for Women,” an NGO that has been active in St. Petersburg for 30 years offering assistance to women affected by various types of gender-based violence. In her interview with Legal Dialogue, the Centre's psychologist Anastasia Maskaeva speaks about their clients' most common problems and concerns, the importance of providing “one-stop-shop” assistance, and why helping the victim is more essential than punishing the abuser.
15/05/2022

“The virus doesn’t care what group a person belongs to.” Interview with Denis Efremov, Sibalt Centre (Omsk)

Sibalt is an NGO that has been active in Omsk since the mid-1990s helping people with HIV. Legal Dialogue asked Denis Efremov of Sibalt about barriers to HIV prevention in the region, the role of peer counseling, and the organisation's work under sanctions.
18/03/2022

Anna Kryukova: “I educate healthcare providers about patients’ rights”

Anna Kryukova is a medical lawyer with the Open Medical Club Foundation in St. Petersburg and co-chair of the CSF Working Group on Public and Inclusive Health. In her interview to Vladimir Shvedov, Anna explains how she combines medical and legal practice to help defend the rights of both patients and healthcare workers.
27/01/2022

Elena Shakhova: “There have been attempts to humanise the foreign agents law, but they have led to nothing good”

Elena Shakhova is the Chair of Citizens' Watch, a human rights NGO in St. Petersburg, and a Board Member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. In a special interview for Legal Dialogue, Elena speaks to journalist Vladimir Shvedov about the situation with human rights in places of detention in Russia and how the pandemic has changed things and discusses a highly sensitive issue for Russian civil society today, the law on "foreign agents."
20/12/2021

Galina Arapova: “People have little to no understanding of what independent journalism is and how it should function in a normal society”

In a special interview for Legal Dialogue, journalist Vladimir Shvedov asks lawyer and head of the Mass Media Defence Centre Galina Arapova about her vision of the present and future of Russian journalism, IT giants' policies concerning freedom of speech, and whether the “foreign agents" law can be improved.
17/11/2021

“People here don’t understand that you can’t take a woman by force.” Why sex without consent is rape in Europe, but not in Russia

From an ethical, legal and social standpoint, sexual consent is a complex concept. It has no single definition, and taboos around talking about sex can make it difficult to discuss. Nevertheless, every year more and more countries are recognising sex without consent as rape.
29/09/2021

Ministers and Dissertations: Academic Fraud Scandals and Their Political Consequences in Russia and the EU

A 2013 ‘word of the year’ in Russia was Dissernet, the name of an emerging informal network that set out to investigate infractions of academic integrity in Russia – in particular, to expose plagiarism in the dissertations of high-ranking academics and politicians.
28/06/2021

Tatiana Glushkova: ‘The choice is yours: either to live under constant threat or to post nothing but cute kittens in social media’

In an exclusive interview for Legal Dialogue, lawyer Tatyana Glushkova and journalist Vladimir Shvedov discuss the multiple forms of 'foreign agent' labels in Russia today and their implications for those affected.
03/05/2021

Searching for balance: freedom of expression and the use of criminal measures to combat COVID-19 misinformation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation has become an important problem that threatens the health and even lives of people. But where is the line to be drawn between the fight against the spread of disinformation and the attack on free speech?
31/03/2021

All in the Same Boat?

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, it seemed that we were all equally vulnerable to the coronavirus, which did not discriminate by gender, ethnicity, social status or income. Politicians said that we were all in the same boat. It soon became apparent, however, that this was not entirely true.
19/11/2016

Polish Parliament Backtracks on Abortion Ban Amid Mass Protests

A legislative initiative1Draft of the bill on the website of Ordo Iuris conservative organization: http://www.ordoiuris.pl/pliki/dokumenty/stop_aborcji_2016.pdf introduced to the Polish Parliament by several pro-life organisations2Conservative advocacy […]
31/01/2017

Russian Justice Initiative Submitted Original Interview Transcripts on FGM to Dagestan Prosecutor’s Office

In January 2017 the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI) submitted the results of its study Female Genital Mutilation of Girls in Dagestan1Female Genital Mutilation of Girls […]
30/04/2018

Black Friday for the Secular State

One part of the Polish society is trying to liberalize the abortion law, one of the most restrictive in Europe, while the other part, headed by the Polish Catholic church, insists on restrict it even more and make any abortion illegal.
11/05/2018

The Right to Abortion is a Right to Social Justice

As Ireland votes in a referendum, Legal Dialogue talks to Rebecca Gomperts, a medical doctor and human rights activist who has shifted the discussion on abortion rights not only in Ireland.
15/08/2018

“Violence is usually revealed only after the woman is murdered”

We interviewed two women lawyers who litigate domestic violence cases and defend other rights of women living in the North Caucasus.
07/02/2019

No Right to Protection: Legal Status of Women from North Caucasus Seeking Asylum in Poland

Women in the North Caucasus face serious risks and often become victims of violence but cannot find legal protection either in or outside Russia.
13/05/2019

Austria’s Going Backwards on Gender Equality

Since the swearing-in of the incumbent Austrian government in December 2017, journalists, feminists and representatives of women’s rights organisations all over the country regularly protest against the attempted changes made by the government in the country’s gender politics achieved during the last 50 years
07/04/2020

Unemployment, Stigmatisation, and Social Control: What Convicted Women in the North Caucasus Face

We know little about the lives of convicted women in Russia as a whole, and even less about the lives of convicted women in the North Caucasus. Crime is considered a huge disgrace for families in the region, and so the difficulties faced by ex-convicts are not discussed.
30/04/2020

Standing Up for the Rights of Women Living with HIV: Common Challenges

More than one million people currently live with HIV in Russia. Having long moved beyond the so-called risk groups, the virus is rapidly spreading in the general population. However, with the right treatment, HIV is a chronic manageable disease which cannot be transmitted via casual contact. Yet despite the increasing availability of current and accurate information about HIV, with large-scale awareness campaigns running from time to time across the country, HIV stigma and discrimination persist.