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Russian lawyer wins Norwegian human rights prize

(Reuters) – A Norwegian human rights foundation gave its annual prize on Thursday to a Russian lawyer and the legal aid group he heads, for their work defending the right to fair trial. Pavel Chikov, 36, and the Agora group were selected for helping activists, bloggers, journalists and non-governmental organizations against the unlawful actions of […]

DRAMATIC DECREASE IN UKRAINIAN ANTI-SEMITISM (2014)

  The dramatic decrease in Ukrainian anti-Semitism has not been reported in the press. Vladimir Putin and the Russian propaganda machine have depicted rampant anti-Semitism in Ukraine and has used this as one of the justifications for their invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. One of the beneficial outcomes of the Maydan Revolution has been […]

Veteran Human Rights Group Abandons Most Operations in Russia

    The Moscow Helsinki Group, an organization that has campaigned for human rights in Russia since Soviet times, announced on Monday that it has folded most operations in the country due to funding issues. “We’ve cut projects to a bare minimum. You could say we’re simply surviving,” the organization’s chairwoman Lyudmila Alexeyeva said, Interfax reported. The group has suspended its educational program, sacked 10 […]

At Russian Business Daily ‘Vedomosti,’ Gloom Over New Media Legislation

  By Tom Balmforth September 26, 2014 MOSCOW — It looked business as usual in the newsroom of the Russian daily “Vedomosti,” located in a converted furniture factory where the salmon pink walls match the signature color of the newspaper’s pages. Some journalists chatted on mobile phones. Three employees huddled around a computer and shared […]

Report: Director General of Jewish Business Club Osher Shot Dead in Moscow

  Sergey Sladkov, the Director General of Osher, a Russian-Jewish business club, was found dead in Moscow this morning, LifeNews, a Russian news website, reported on Wednesday. Sladkov was shot 19 times at close range through the windshield of his Jeep “Grand Cherokee” car and died instantly, according to the report. His body was found […]

CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration?

    CRIMEA: The unbearable burden of re-registration? By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All 1,546 religious communities in Crimea which had state registration with the Ukrainian authorities are being required to re-register under Russian law by 1 January 2015 if they wish to retain legal status. A wide range of communities have complained […]

Rights activist reports on Ukraine’s Jews

Rights activist reports on Ukraine’s Jews Communities safe but under economic stress, says Larry Lerner by Robert Wiener NJJN Staff Writer September 3, 2014 Veteran peace and human rights advocate Larry Lerner came home from a mission to Ukraine on Aug. 25 with some optimistic news. “We got the feeling that anti-Semitism had dropped considerably […]

CRIMEA: Enforced departure of Turkish imams; FSB surveillance

    CRIMEA: Enforced departure of Turkish imams; FSB surveillance By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service All but five of 23 Turkish imams and religious teachers invited by the Crimean Muftiate under a 20-year-old programme have been forced to leave Crimea as Russia’s Federal Migration Service refused to extend their residence permits. The rest […]

Russia Must Recognize Ukraine Rebels’ Human Rights Abuses

Author(s): Ole Solvang During a news conference in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized laws-of-war violations by Ukrainian government forces, referring to a Human Rights Watch report I wrote about the government’s unlawful use of unguided rockets in populated areas. Since Lavrov is concerned about laws-of-war violations, there are other issues he should be […]

Power Player: The Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Vladimir Schlapentokh From the beginning of his rule, Vladimir V. Putin has assumed that his ability to govern Russia was highly dependent on the strength of the ideological justification of his power. Indeed, he was never elected according to even elementary democratic standards. For this reason, the state’s ideology was of primary importance in […]