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About Madeline Roache

Madeline Roache is a London-based freelance journalist focusing on human rights conditions in the former Soviet Union. Her previous publications include The Guardian, The Times of Central Asia, EurasiaNet and Transitions Online. She is also a researcher at the NGO Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP), which monitors human rights in post-Soviet psychiatry.

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Punitive psychiatry: how Russian leaders deal with their opponents

As the Russian authorities continue to rachet up on the pressure on civil society and the public sphere, activists, journalists and bloggers are paying the price — through forced psychiatric detention.

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