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News from the Russian Research Center for Human Rights - 2008

Image: -This is a return to Stalin's times

-This is a return to Stalin's times

The Russian human rights community expresses anxiety on the proposed amendments of the "spying" articles in the Russian Criminal Code. In their opinion, the sum of the amendments adds up to a return to Stalin's times, when anybody who dared criticize the authorities could be labeled "a spy" and brought to prison, often never to be seen again. 25 Dec 2008 »

Image: Russian authorities react to the people's growing discontent

Russian authorities react to the people's growing discontent

As protests and demonstrations move through the Russian Federation, in reaction to the current financial crisis, the Russian authorities respond by unlawfully detaining protesters and attempting to revise current criminal procedural laws under the pretext of anti-terrorism. 19 Dec 2008 »

Image: NGO congress cause controversy in Russia

NGO congress cause controversy in Russia

At Council of Europe's third 'Regional Congress of NGOs,' Russian NGOs and civil society organizations from across Europe shared their good practices and most effective methods of interaction with the authorities. Some Russian NGOs stayed away from the Congress, claiming its agenda was too loyal to Russian authorities. 17 Dec 2008 »

Image: Russian human rights lawyer Karinna Moskalenko poisoned

Russian human rights lawyer Karinna Moskalenko poisoned

According to Novaya Gazeta, an attempt has been made in France on the life of Russian human rights lawyer and World Movement participant Karinna Moskalenko, right. On October 13, the prosecutor in Strasbourg launched an investigation into the placement of mercury, a potent poison, into Ms. Moskalenko's car. Ms. Moskalenko noticed that her health, and the health of her husband and children, has been deteriorating over the past week, but she does not know for sure when the car was contaminated. 15 Oct 2008 »

Image: The level of xenophobia in the Russian Federation in 2008

The level of xenophobia in the Russian Federation in 2008

In 2008, the number of attacks owing to national intolerance in the Russian Federation declined. Deputy Director of the Information-Analytical Center "SOVA" Galina Kozhevnikova said it with reference to the monitoring data of the Center. 71 people were killed and 268 were injured as a result of racist attacks this year in the Russian Federation. 01 Oct 2008 »

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