Russian Federation

01/02/2018

A Case of Two Stamps

On 4 January 2018, two men, both Russian nationals, were legally married in Copenhagen, Denmark. On 25 January 2018, after returning to Moscow, they […]
29/01/2018

Climate Change Threats and Perceptions: Choice of Priorities and Role of NGOs

External threats and their perceptions tend to reflect differences between a society’s various segments and groups—which, in turn, stem from problems on local, regional […]
17/01/2018

Where things are “allowed” and where things are “forbidden”

Ahead of “weekend protests” that customarily take place in Moscow, OVD-Info sends out an  email to subscribers with information, including useful recommendations and links […]
09/11/2017

“Not everyone is able to pay a lawyer 600 euros for a 100 euro claim”

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (MoJ) has published a new draft of the Concept for the Regulation of the Professional Legal […]
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 […]