Russia: “Fake news” law and spurious prosecutions used to silence independent journalists
Recent articles in Russia

Yulia Tsvetkova is charged with “pornography dissemination” because she runs a social media group that features artwork depicting vulvas, celebrating female bodies, and protesting taboos around female anatomy and menstruation.

A Russian hitman was allegedly sent by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to target TV host Giorgi Gabunia. Gabunia hired bodyguards last year after he was threatened by Kadyrov. Death squads from the Russian Caucasus have repeatedly targeted critics in Europe.

In many countries, prisoners rely on their families for food and medicine while behind bars. But this year, as families have been barred from visiting their loved ones due to COVID-19, jailed Muslim journalists have to cope with fasting on even fewer resources than before.