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20 July 2012 |

Independent journalist stabbed to death in Siberian town

Alexander Khodzinsky was known for his vocal criticism of a local construction project, raising suspicions his death is directly related to his reporting.
18 July 2012 |

Former police colonel indicted in Politkovskaya murder

Retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov allegedly obtained information about the journalist's schedule and usual routes and acquired the weapons used in the killing.
17 July 2012 |

Internet law: a good bad example of Russia's backsliding

The proposed statute would create a blacklist of websites that ISPs would have to block and refuse to host.
16 July 2012 |

Criminal libel law a blow to free expression

Re-criminalization of libel is part of a raft of laws rammed through the Russian parliament from June through mid-July, setting out new, severe restrictions on the rights to free expression, assembly, and association.
25 June 2012 |

Environmental activists convicted following flawed trial

"This conviction is another sad example of the Russian authorities’ misuse of legal mechanisms to silence critical voices," says Human Rights Watch.
13 June 2012 |

"Novaya Gazeta" deputy editor threatened

Sergey Sokolov was threatened by chief investigator Aleksandr Bastrykin over an article in which Sokolov criticised Bastrykin's alleged misconduct in a criminal case.
13 June 2012 |

Politically motivated searches follow new law restricting freedom of assembly

Since President Putin was elected on 4 March, there has been an increase in the repression of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, including demonstrations, artistic performances or political activities.
12 June 2012 |

Police to human rights lawyer: "Look over your shoulder"

Rustam Matsev, a lawyer with rights group Memorial, is representing a client who says he was abducted, beaten and threatened in 2010.
7 June 2012 |

Human rights defenders in Chechnya at risk

The Chechen authorities have been carrying out a harassment campaign against a rights group that investigates allegations of serious human rights violations by law enforcement and security officials.
29 May 2012 |

Radio journalist stabbed outside apartment

An unknown assailant lured Sergei Aslanyan out of his apartment building with a telephone call and hit the journalist in the head with a heavy object before stabbing him in the chest, neck and arm.
11 May 2012 |

Putin's new mandate starts inauspiciously for media

At least 15 journalists were arrested and assaulted at a protest against the Russian prime minister's installation for a third term.
5 April 2012 |

Prominent journalist attacked

Two men attacked Elena Milashina, a journalist with the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and her friend Ella Asoyan, a Freedom House program officer.
27 March 2012 |

Apparent arson attempt at activists' office

“Despite the Kremlin’s repeated pledges to ensure normal working conditions for human rights defenders, Russian civil society groups operate in an increasingly hostile environment,” says Human Rights Watch.
19 March 2012 |

New wave of detentions at peaceful protests

On March 17 and 18, 2012, police detained over 130 peaceful protesters at three separate gatherings in Moscow. Earlier that week, over 10 pro-democracy activists were sentenced to administrative arrest in Nizny Novgorod for having participated in a peaceful protest rally.
16 March 2012 |

Russian authorities ramp up political prosecutions

Two members of punk feminist group Pussy Riot will remain in pre-trial detention until 24 April, when they face trial on charges of hooliganism and could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for performing a protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral.
15 March 2012 |

Journalists prevented from covering presidential elections, says GDF

Journalists covering the elections reported a variety of disturbing violations and irregularities in the voting, and say that both the police and elections officials were responsible.
6 March 2012 |

Journalists detained at post-election rally

Pavel Nikulin, Maria Klimova, Andrei Stenin, and Arkady Babchenko were covering an opposition protest when they were rounded up by police.
6 March 2012 |

Putin must carry out promised reforms, end impunity for journalists' murders

Since the parliamentary elections in December, the authorities have used a range of tactics to harass and discredit their critics, even as they have allowed public protests.
29 February 2012 |

Human Rights Watch calls for an end to intimidation of activists, media as election nears

In the lead-up to the March 4, 2012 presidential vote, authorities have harassed a major election-monitoring nongovernmental organization, directly and indirectly interfered with the operation of independent news outlets critical of the government, and harassed and threatened civic activists.

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