21/09/2021

Denmark set to ban life-term prisoners from new romantic links

Under the new law, prisoners will be limited to contacting only those already close to them for the first 10 years of their incarceration. Ministers hope the ban will counter the rise of 'groupies' of criminals.

Source: BBC

21/09/2021

European Parliament supported sanctions against Poland and Hungary for breaching of LGBTQ+ rights

MEPs voted strongly in favor of a resolution calling on the European Commission to consider sanctions against Poland and Hungary for breaching European “values” on LGBTQ+ rights as well as “measures against Poland for violating principles of non-discrimination” of LGBTQ+ people. However, the resolution is legally non-binding.

Source: Politico

21/09/2021

Russia will continue increasing control over foreign IT-companies

Russia is ready to implement new restrictions on foreign tech-giants, including Google and Apple. Restrictions will not be limited to the obligatory opening of representative offices in Russia, but also will require removal of any materials from the platforms by the request of the authorities.

Source: Interfax-Russia

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.
05/10/2021

«Pandora Papers» reveal financial schemes of world leaders

The new report — based on the review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 firms located around the world and carried out by a consortium of hundreds of journalists — found the rich and powerful have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter of a century.

Source: Euronews

05/10/2021

Ukraine’s Parliament passes bill banning anti-Semitism

Ukraine's parliament has passed a law defining anti-Semitism and banning it in the country. The legislation defines anti-Semitism as hatred of Jews, calling for or justifying attacks on the minority, making false or hateful statements about Jews, and denying the mass extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. Damaging buildings, monuments, or religious institutions would also fall under the definition of anti-Semitism.

Source: RFE

05/10/2021

ECHR suspends human rights activist’s deportation from Russia

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia must not deport migrant rights activist Valentina Chupik to Uzbekistan. The ECHR suspended Chupik’s deportation under Rule 39, which authorises the court to take interim measures in cases where there’s an imminent risk of irreparable damage to the applicant.

Source: Meduza

05/10/2021

France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

The French government is being threatened with court action by two NGOs who accuse it of failing to meet its obligations to protect nature. They argue the state has allowed widespread use and marketing of pesticides that harm wildlife.

Source: The Guardian

05/10/2021

San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

San Marino residents voted overwhelmingly to legalise abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalised it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances.

Source: AP