April 30, 2002

Police breaks up peaceful anti-nuclear waste imports demonstration in Moscow

Police and Kremlin security officers forcefully broke up a peaceful demonstration against a law that President Putin signed in July. The law allows spent nuclear fuel to be imported for reprocessing. 24 activists and 6 journalists, including cameramen from Reuters and Ekho TV company were detained by police at the demonstration held on red Square on 25 April – the eve of the 16th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. (30-APR-2002)

April 9, 2002

Legislation on alternative military service

The State Duma plans to discuss the draft law on alternative military service in the Russian Federation. The right to conscientiously object is provided in the Russian Constitution, however there is still no Federal law on Alternative Military service. (09-APR-2002)

April 9, 2002

Postponed hearing on capital punishment

In August 1999 Boris Yeltsin submitted the so-called Protocol #6 of the European Convention on protection of human rights and liberties for ratification by The State Duma. On ratification the Russian Federation will totally abolish capital punishment. However, on 1 March the Parliament once again postponed the hearing on ratification of the “sixth protocol.” (09-APR-2002)

April 9, 2002

Supreme court left Sutuagin under arrest

Igor Sutuagin’s appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Sutuagin is a researcher who was arrested and charged with high treason in 1999. (09-APR-2002)

April 9, 2002

Greenpeace and Amnesty in support of Pasko

Greenpeace the Russian Federation and Amnesty International started an unprecedented joint action in support of journalist Grigori Pasko, who has been accused of espionage. (09-APR-2002)

January 1, 2002

Release Igor Sutuagin!

Igor Sutuagin, a researcher at the U.S. and Canada Institute in Moscow, was arrested in 1999 and charged with high treason. Write an appeal to the Supreme Court to demand his release. Read more  about the case. (01-Jan-2001)

January 1, 2002

Russia tops prison statistics

In the twentieth century there was no single country in the world where as many citizens have been sent to prison as the Russian Federation. One in every four adult men in the Russian Federation is a former prisoner. The prison population has reached the size of the Stalin´s GULAG. Read more. (01-Jan-2002)