Amnesty International: in Russia intensified pressure on critics of the government and limited media freedom

Amnesty International

In Russia in 2015-2016 increased pressure on government critics, were applied repressive laws passed after Vladimir Putin once again became President. As of the end of the year, more than 100 NGOs were included (mostly forcibly) drafted by the Ministry of justice the list of “foreign agents”. No NGOs are not managed through the courts to challenge his inclusion in this registry.

This is stated in the text of the annual report of Amnesty International about human rights in the world in 2015-2016.

It is noted that the Russian authorities had continued to extend control over the media and the Internet. Thousands of web pages and sites were blocked by government regulators, often in violation of the right to freedom of expression. Increased restrictions of freedom of peaceful Assembly, the number of public protests has declined. For the first time four peaceful protesters have been prosecuted in accordance with the adopted in 2014 the law that introduces criminal responsibility for repeated participation in unauthorized meetings.

Media freedom is still severely restricted at the expense of state control, and because of self-censorship. Most of the media of its editorial policy on a step did not depart from the official toccatina on key events within the country and in the world.

Suppression of freedom of expression do not affect only journalists, but bloggers. Director of the state Library of Ukrainian literature in Moscow Natalia Sharina arrested October 28 on charges of extremism. According to investigators, in the library among uncataloged literature discovered the work of Ukrainian nationalist Dmitry Korchynsky. At the police station she was kept without bedding, food and drink until October 30, then was placed under house arrest pending a possible indictment, said in the report.

LGBTI activists still had to operate in an extremely hostile environment. There continued to be many reports of discrimination of LGBTI people. In particular, the court in St. Petersburg on March 25 decided to block the group “children-404,” an online community created by journalist Yelena Klimova to support LGBTI teenagers.

In July, a court in Nizhny Tagil (Sverdlovsk region), he was fined for “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors”. The court in St. Petersburg ruled that its Internet-community should be blocked.

As before, the authorities had violated the right of LGBTI people to peaceful Assembly. In may, LGBTI activist Nikolai Alekseev, tried to hold an unauthorized gay pride in Moscow that resulted in clashes with opponents of LGBTI people, and three activists, including Nikolai Alexeyev, received 10 days of administrative arrest.

Related news: In Russia published report “national security Threat” about Ramzan Kadyrov

We will remind, in Russia has developed a bill that introduces the state control over Internet traffic.


This article has 1 Comment

  1. Putin’s Show Trials are now the stuff of grotesque farce and Kafka-esque madness. The delerium (бред) ruling Russia’s courts originates in the fetid abyss of Putin’s own megalomania. Where there should be a human soul in Putin, there is instead a swamp of corruption.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *