Join with Amnesty and speak out for freedom in Russia

Basic human rights and freedoms are currently under threat in Russia. The enjoyment of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly has long been partial, and often perilous, for government critics in Russia. The squeeze on the exercise of these rights has accelerated markedly since the return of Vladimir Putin to the Presidency in 2012. Independent NGOs, critical media outlets and public protesters have all borne the brunt of an assault on fundamental freedoms that has been fuelled and “justified” by an increasingly aggressive propaganda drive to depict them as a fifth column bent on undermining Russia’s stability and prosperity.

Repressive laws being rushed through parliament. Peaceful protest gatherings are dispersed by police, often with the use of brutal force. Participants are arrested and fined. Independent NGOs are forced to brand themselves “foreign agents”. Those that resist face hefty fines and closure. Independent news outlets are under pressure to change their editorial policy, and critical online media are constrained and arbitrarily blocked. Prominent activists end up behind bars. Killings of human rights defenders and journalists are not being investigated effectively.

“Today, for criticism of the Kremlin, support of Ukraine or use of frowned-upon symbols, people are beaten up, killed, carted off in police vans, condemned to administrative arrests and criminal sentences. We see brutal reprisals against journalists, the blocking of web sites, attempts to exert complete control over social media.” – Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of, a banned independent online media outlet in Russia.

Despite this rapidly shrinking space for freedom, many people in Russia are speaking out. We can stand with them. Let’s make sure Russia’s leaders know that the rest of the world is not indifferent. We will not be silent, we will speak out in support of Russian civil society.

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