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List of political prisoners of Russia December 2016

 

The New Chronicle of Current Events (ixtc.org) and the Initiative for Human Rights in the former USSR have published a new List of persons repressed for political reasons, as of December 1, 2016.

This List contains the names of 320 people, which is a new record number of the repressed, and represents an increase of 16 percent over the past six months.

The dynamics of the List reflects the continuous process of ongoing repression in the Russian Federation. Over the last six months, 64 new criminal cases were initiated, or about 10 cases every month.

At the same time, the average term of imprisonment in sentences has increased. If two years ago, the average term was 4 years and 6 months, now it has already reached 7 years.

In 2016, there has been a disproportionately rapid increase in the number of Crimean Tatars repressed for belonging to their ethnic group, regardless of the charges against them.

An increase in the number of persons who became victims of repression because of their religious or atheistic views, represents another new trend. Criminal prosecution of atheists for the acts of desacralization of religious symbols in general is a fundamentally new phenomenon since the times of the Russian Empire.

There has been a significant increase in the number of Muslims accused of membership in the party "Hizb ut Tahrir", and of followers of the Islamic theologian al-Nursi. In total, they account for over 40 percent of all repressed.

Among the new cases, the arrests of bloggers are the most striking ones. Alexei Kungurov, a blogger from Tomsk, was arrested for his post criticizing the Russian military intervention in Syria. Kungurov is currently in a pre-trial detention center and is accused of "public justification of terrorism" that can result in up to 7 years imprisonment.

Ruslan Sokolovsky, a blogger form Yekaterinburg, is arrested for publishing a video in which he played the game Pokemon Go in the church. Sokolovsky faces a sentence from two to five years imprisonment.

Of particular concern is the increasingly frequent use of torture during the investigation, especially in Crimea. Stanislav Klikh, convicted to 20 years imprisonment, was tortured and became mentally ill; only recently it became known that torture was also used on Eugeny Panov, a Ukrainian chauffeur, in order to obtain his confession of intent "to conduct acts of sabotage" in Crimea.

Altogether, this indicates the systematic nature of repression. Despite the apparent randomness, repressions are carried out according to the centrally coordinated plan. For example, courts in different regions began simultaneously to apply a more severe punishment against "extremists" and religious dissidents.

The constant growth in the number of the repressed points to the fact that the state increasingly relies on repression as one of the main methods of governance. The adoption of new repressive laws implies that in the following year prior to the presidential elections, the number of political prisoners can increase dramatically.

The December 2016 list in English can be downloaded here

The December 2016 list in Russian can be downloaded here

 

 

List of Political Prisoners of Russia June 2016

The number of political prisoners in Russia continues to increase, according to the Netherlands-based Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR. The new List of Political Prisoners in Russia, prepared by the New Chronicle of Current Events, released today and containing data as of June 1, 2016, contains the names of 277 people, which is a new "record" number - the previous List of December 10, 2015 included the names of 256 persons.

The dynamics of the List reflects the continuous process of ongoing repression in the Russian Federation. Over the last six months 59 new criminal cases were initiated, or about 10 cases every month.

There is a stable proportion between the various categories of the repressed people. Political opposition accounts for around one third of all the repressed, 40 percent are persecuted for their religious beliefs, and about 8 percent are bloggers and civil society activists. At the same time, the number of the repressed Crimean Tatars is doubled, in fact, just for belonging to this ethnic group regardless of the charges involved.

The geography of repression also remains stable: the residents of Moscow and the Moscow region account for approximately a quarter of all repressed.

All together this reflects the systematic nature of repression, and the fact that despite the apparent randomness, it is carried out according to the plan, thoroughly coordinated by the central government.

The constant increase in the number of repressed indicates that the government continues to use repression as one of the main methods of governance. It is obvious that in the absence of more active opposition to the repressive policy, more and more people in Russia will be subject to reprisals for the use of their rights and freedoms.

The list can be downloaded in English here

The list can be downloaded in Russian here

List of Political Prisoners of Russia December 2015

New List of Political Prisoners of Russia

The number of political prisoners in Russia continues to increase, according to the New Chronicle of Current Events and the Netherlands-based Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR. The new List of Political Prisoners in Russia released today and containing data as of December 10, 2015, contains 256 names – 39 more than 3 months ago, when the last list was published.

Among them are the Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years strict regime camp on August 25, 2015 on trumped-up charges of terrorism, and the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, currently on trial in Russia on basis of a whole list of trumped-up charges.

The List of Political Prisoners in Russia contains the names of persons who have either been sentenced for political or religious reasons or are currently under criminal investigation for these reasons. The list of September 2015 contained 217 names; the first list published in December 2013 contained “only” 52 names.

The Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR calls on Western governments to resume the practice of confronting Russian authorities with the List of Political Prisoners during meetings on all levels, a practice that was common in Soviet times and helped to secure the release of many political prisoners.

The Russian language list can be accessed here

The English tranlation of the list can be accessed here

List of Political Prisoners of September 2015

Number of political prisoners in Russia continue to increase

 

The number of political prisoners in Russia continues to increase, according to the Netherlands-based Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR. The new List of Political Prisoners in Russia, released today and containing data as of September 1, 2015, contains 217 names – 26 more than six months ago, when the last list was published. Among them are the Estonian counter-intelligence officer Eston Kohver, who was kidnapped from Estonian territory and recently sentenced to 15 years for “espionage”, and the Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years strict regime camp on August 25, 2015 on trumped-up charges of terrorism. A few days the first indications were spread that the Russian authorities might want to exchange them for a number of GRU officers who were caught on Ukrainian territory.

The List of Political Prisoners in Russia contains the names of persons who have either been sentenced for political or religious reasons or are currently under criminal investigation for these reasons. The list of March 2015 contained 181 names; the first list published in December 2013 contained “only” 52 names.

The Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR calls on Western governments to resume the practice of confronting Russian authorities with the List of Political Prisoners during meetings on all levels, a practice that was common in Soviet times and helped to secure the release of many political prisoners.The English version of List of Political Prisoners of Russia March 2015 can be downloaded.

The English version of List of Political Prisoners of Russia March 2015 can be downloaded here

The Russian version of the List of Political Prisoners of Russia March 2015 can be downloaded here

Список политзаключенных Российской Федерации Март 2015

Количество политических заключенных в России удвоилось

 

По данным Общества «Инициатива по защите прав человека на территории бывшего СССР» (HumanRightsInitiativefortheformerUSSR), с июня 2014 года количество политзаключенных в России увеличилось с 92 до 181 человек. Только за последние четыре месяца оно выросло почти на 60%.

16 марта 2015 года Общество «Инициатива по защите прав человека на территории бывшего СССР» опубликовало четвертый Список политзаключенных Российской Федерации, содержащий фамилии лиц, осужденных или находящихся под следствием по причинам их политических или религиозных убеждений. Предыдущий список, опубликованный четыре месяца назад, насчитывал 114 фамилий. Самый молодой политзаключенный родился в 1995 году, а самый старший – в 1937-м. Среди политзаключенных 20 женщин.

Большую часть политических заключенных составляют на данный момент лица, арестованные за выражение своих оппозиционных взглядов. Среди политзаключенных возросло число иностранных граждан: в основном украинских активистов из аннексированного Крыма, арестованных за действия, направленные против аннексии Крыма или в защиту крымских татар.Среди иностранцев-- офицер эстонской контрразведки Эстон Кохвер, похищенный с территории Эстонии, иукраинская летчица Надежда Савченко, недавно частично приостановившая свою 83-дневную голодовку в московской тюрьме.

Общество«Инициатива по защите прав человека на территории бывшего СССР»призывает правительства западных государств возобновить практику предъявления российским властям списка политических заключенных во время встреч на всех уровнях, практику, которая была распространена в советское время и помогла добиться освобождения многих политических заключенных.

Список политических заключенных в России можно загрузать здесь

Анализ списка можно загрузить здесь

List of Political Prisoners in Russia March 2015

Number of political prisoners in Russia doubled

Since June 2014, the number of political prisoners in Russia has doubled from 92 to 181, according to the Netherlands-based Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR. Furthermore, over the past four months the number has increased by almost 60%.

On March 16, 2015, the Human Rights Initiative has published the fourth edition of it’s List of Political Prisoners in Russia, containing the names of persons who have either been sentenced for political or religious reasons or are currently under criminal investigation for these reasons. A previous list, published four months ago, consisted of 114 names of such prisoners. The youngest prisoner was born in 1995; the oldest in 1937. Among the prisoners are 20 women.

The main part of the current group of political prisoners consists of persons who were arrested for voicing their oppositional views. Among the political prisoners are a growing number of foreigners, mainly Ukrainian activists from the annexed Crimea who were arrested for actions opposing the annexation of the Crimea or in defense of Crimean Tatars. Among the foreigners are also the Estonian counter-intelligence officer Eston Kohver, who was kidnapped from Estonian territory, and the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who recently partially ended her hunger strike after 83 days and is held in a Moscow prison.

The Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR calls on Western governments to resume the practice of confronting Russian authorities with the List of Political Prisoners during meetings on all levels, a practice that was common in Soviet times and helped to secure the release of many political prisoners.

An analysis of the List can be downloaded here 

The English version of List of Political Prisoners of Russia March 2015 can be downloaded here

The Russian version of the analysis can be downloaded here

The Russian version of the List can be downloaded here

 

Список политических заключенных в России Октябрь 2014 г.

Резкое увеличение числа политзаключенных в России

По данным Общества «Иностранный агент - Инициатива по защите прав человека на территории бывшего СССР», за последние четыре месяца число политических заключенных в России превысило 100 человек и достигло 114.

«Инициатива по защите прав человека» опубликовала Список политических заключенных в России, преследуемых или осужденных по политическим и религиозным мотивам. Предыдущий список, выпущенный четыре месяца назад, насчитывал 92 фамилии, а декабрьский список 2013 года – всего 52 фамилии. Список был издан в том же формате, что и «Список политзаключенных СССР», выходивший в 1980-е годы, символизируя возвращение в Россию репрессий советских времен.

Большую часть политических заключенных составляют на данный момент лица, арестованные за выражение своих оппозиционных взглядов. Среди политзаключенных несколько иностранных граждан: четверо украинских активистов из аннексированного Крыма, арестованные по подозрению в «терроризме», офицер эстонской контрразведки Эстон Кохвер, похищенный с территории Эстонии, и украинская летчица Надежда Савченко, похищенная с территории Восточной Украины и в настоящее время находящаяся в Институте им. Сербского для прохождения принудительной психиатрической экспертизы.

Смотрите обращение бывшего политзаключенного Семена Глузмана здесь: 

Публикация Списка политзаключенных, а также Списка репрессивных законов в Российской Федерации была осуществлена на средства, вырученные от продажи водки «Иностранный агент», которая появилась на рынке в этом году. Средства от продажи этой водки используются для финансирования проектов общества «Инициатива по защите прав человека».

Список политических заключенных в России можно загрузать здесь

Список репрессивных законов в Российской Федерации можно загрузать здесь

List of Political prisoners October 2014

Sharp increase in number of political prisoners in Russia

Over the past four months, the number of political prisoners in Russia has passed the 100 person mark and reached the number of 114, according to the Netherlands-based Foundation “Inostrannyi Agent” - Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR.

The Human Rights Initiative has published a new List of Political Prisoners in Russia containing the names of persons who have either been sentenced for political or religious reasons or are currently under criminal investigation for these reasons. A previous list, published four months ago, consisted of 92 names of such prisoners, while in December 2013 the number was only 52. The List has been printed in a similar format as the List of Political Prisoners of the USSR that was published in the 1980s, symbolizing the return of Soviet-style repression in Russia.

The main part of the current group of political prisoners consists of persons who were arrested for voicing their oppositional views. Among the current political prisoners are several foreigners, e.g. four Ukrainian activists from the annexed Crimea who were arrested on suspicion of “terrorism”, the Estonian counter-intelligence officer Eston Kohver who was kidnapped from Estonian territory, and the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was kidnapped in Eastern Ukraine and is currently held in the Serbski Institute in Moscow for compulsory psychiatric examination.

Watch a video message from former political prisoner Semyon Gluzman here: 

The publication of the List of Political Prisoners, as well as the List of Repressive Legislation of the Russian Federation also published today, has been made possible through the sale of “foreign agent vodka”, which was marketed this year and of which the profit goes to the Human Rights Initiative to finance its activities.

The List of Political Prisoners of Russia October 2014 can be downloaded here

The List of Repressive Legislation of Russia can be downloaded here

 

 

Список политических заключенных, июнь 2014

ОБНОВЛЕННЫЙ СПИСОК ПОЛИТИЧЕСКИХ ЗАКЛЮЧЕННЫХ В РОССИИ

Число политических заключенных в России почти удвоилось

По данным голландской организации «Инициатива по защите прав человека на территории бывшего СССР», число политических заключенных в России за последние шесть месяцев возросло почти вдвое.

«Инициатива по защите прав человека» опубликовала Список политических заключенных в России, состоящий из 92 фамилий. В список включены лица, преследуемые или осужденные по политическим и религиозным мотивам. Предыдущий список, опубликованный полгода назад, насчитывал лишь 52 фамилии.

Следует отметить, что резкое увеличение количества политических заключенных произошло вопреки амнистии, объявленной в конце прошлого года, в результате которой были освобождены известные политические заключенные.

Большую часть политических заключенных составляют на данный момент лица, арестованные за выражение своих оппозиционных взглядов (39 человек). Также возросло число блоггеров, преследуемых или приговоренных к значительным срокам лишения свободы за публикацию политических блогов в Интернете.

В России наблюдается резкое усиление политических репрессий, в частности, после того как события в Киеве привели к падению режима Януковича. Россия ответила на эти события аннексией Крыма, поддержкой вооруженных беспорядков в восточной части Украины и наступлением на оппозиционное движение в собственной стране. Те, кто не поддержал государственную политику, оказались «предателями народа», «пятой колонной» и «иностранными агентами».

Список политических заключенных здесь

Пресс-релиз на русском языке здесь

New List of political prisoners, June 2014

Новый Список политических заключенных, июнь 2014

(на русском смотрите в рубрике "Новости")

 

Number of political prisoners in Russia almost doubled

Over the past six months, the number of political prisoners in Russia has almost doubled, according to the Netherlands-based Human Rights Initiative for the former USSR.

 

The Human Rights Initiative has published a new List of Political Prisoners in Russia consisting of 92 names of persons who have either been sentenced for political or religious reasons or are currently under criminal investigation for these reasons. A previous list, published six months ago, consisted of only 52 names of such prisoners.

It is important to note that the sharp increase in the number of political prisoners took place in spite of the amnesty of late last year, during which a number of well-known political prisoners were released.

The main part of the current group of political prisoners consists of persons who were arrested for voicing their oppositional views – 39 persons. Also the number of bloggers increased, who were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment or are under investigation because of posting political blogs,

Russia is seeing a sharp increase in political repression, in particular since the events in Kyiv led to the overthrow of the Yanukovich regime. Russia responded by annexing the Crimea, sponsoring an armed uprising in the Eastern part of Ukraine and, internally, but clamping down on opposition and denouncing those who did not support the government policy as “people’s traitors”, “fifth column” and “foreign agents”.

You can download the List of Political Prisoners June 2014 in English here

The alphabetical index of this list (in English) can be downloaded here

You can download the List of Political Prisoners June 2014 in Russian here

The press release in English can be downloaded here

The press release in Russian can be downloaded here

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