Russia

Respect for human rights has dramatically declined in Russia under Vladimir Putin’s Presidency. Following large-scale protests in 2012, new laws were adopted to restrict freedoms of assembly and association. Legislative and policy obstructions severely hamper the work of Russian civil society, with restrictions to, and penalties against, independent media increasingly applied arbitrarily.

Censorship has taken on new significance online. Regressive legislation allows for extra-judicial blocking, filtering and 24-hour takedown notices, pressuring media outlets to self-censor. Harassment, attacks and murders of journalists continue to be committed, largely with complete impunity. Harassment and violence against minority groups is also prevalent, notably against LGBTI people since the 2013 ban on the ‘promotion of non-traditional relationships’, imposing direct censorship on multiple issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

ARTICLE 19 works to protect journalists in Russia, as one of the most challenging places for independent media in the world. We provide trainings to empower journalists to respond to risks and support local lawyers to defend expression related cases.  By conducting advocacy through regional and international institutions we highlight the most egregious free expression violations and push for redress. And by supporting LGBT activists to protect themselves when speaking out, we seek to challenge hate speech. We also work on the protection of digital rights in Russia – monitoring freedom of expression and right to information online. Since 2016 we have also been training journalists and activists on how to utilise freedom of information requests to address the most important issues affecting their local communities.

HRC44: Interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner
02.07.2020 3 min read

HRC44: Interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner

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23.06.2020 6 min read

Russia: European Court judgment is victory for freedom of expression

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Russia: Government official uses Facebook to threaten Italian journalist over coronavirus reports
09.04.2020 3 min read

Russia: Government official uses Facebook to threaten Italian journalist over coronavirus reports

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Russia: Stop restrictions on media and independent journalists under the cover of coronavirus
06.04.2020 5 min read

Russia: Stop restrictions on media and independent journalists under the cover of coronavirus

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HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights
05.03.2020 3 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights

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Russia: New Bill on pre-installed apps will limit users’ choice and restrict freedom of expression
21.11.2019 7 min read

Russia: New Bill on pre-installed apps will limit users’ choice and restrict freedom of expression

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18.11.2019 5 min read

Russia: ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill threatens journalists

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09.10.2019 4 min read

Russia: Courts invoke ‘family values’ to block LGBTIQ groups online

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23.09.2019 2 min read

Rights in extremis: Russia’s anti-extremism practices from an international perspective

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