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About Pavel Chikov

Pavel Chikov is a leading human rights lawyer from Russia. From 2005-2016, he was chair of AGORA, an association of human rights organisations based in Kazan which provides legal assistance to victims of suspected human rights abuses, in particular for journalists, political activists and NGOs. He is currently head of the International Human Rights Group Agora

Articles by Pavel Chikov

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Russia’s “managed thaw”

This week, two political prosecutions in Russia were quashed — to much applause. But it’s too early to talk about positive trends — the authorities are merely changing their tactics.

Russia’s security services are trying to reform their way out of the shadows

10838229_1015976098430355_7234058766256563378_o.jpgSweeping reforms to Russia’s power ministries show that the FSB has the country’s security monopoly in its sights.


Putin versus the NGOs

Protest against new changes to the law on NGOs, 201The Kremlin is busy dismantling the institutions of civil society. How can NGOs develop, now that the rules have changed?
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Russian NGOs: the funding realities

Continuing oDRussia's debate on the future for Russian NGO funding, now a view from the coal face. Pavel Chikov is chair of one of the country's most respected NGOs: he argues that foundation grants remain the simplest way to let human rights activists get on with their work. 

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