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    Khodorkovsky trial: a regime in the dock
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    Written by: Andrei Kolesnikov All articles by Andrei Kolesnikov

    The accusations against Khodorkovsky have collapsed now that two senior establishment figures have testified. He may still be found guilty. But the absurdity of this trial is eroding public confidence in Putin’s regime.

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    Animals in the Courtroom
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    Written by: Maryana Torocheshnikova All articles by Maryana Torocheshnikova

    Ex-Yukos bosses Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev stand accused of a crime that even prosecutors are finding difficult to define, writes Mariana Toroschesnikova. Now foreigners are beggining to understand the real danger in Russia lies not in wild bears roaming its streets but in wild prosecutors ruling the courts.

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    The Black Widows of Dagestan: Media Hype and Genuine Harm
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina

    On April 9 2010, after explosions in the Moscow metro killed 39 people, rumours were circulated of 1,000 ‘black widows’ who had been recruited by the militants. When the press published the names of 22, Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch found that she knew some of these dangerous women : a seamstress whose real crime was being a human rights worker, a pious young mother whose husband had been tortured in the ‘6th Department’...

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    Sri Lanka's war: time for accountability
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    Written by: Meenakshi Ganguly All articles by Meenakshi Ganguly

    The end of Sri Lanka’s post-war electoral cycle makes it even more important for the world to stand for justice over the country’s human-rights abuses, says Meenakshi Ganguly.This article was first published on 28 April 2010

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    Rector takes on Ukranian Security Services
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    Written by: Anna Babinets All articles by Anna Babinets

    On May 18, the Ukrainian Security Services paid a strange visit to Borys Gudziak, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Their goal, it seems, was to ensure his students would not take to the streets to protest against the new President when he arrived in town the following day. Gudziak refused to co-operate and produced a following memorandum that has sent shockwaves through Ukraine.

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    President Medvedev summons Russia’s human rights workers
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina

    On 19 May, at a meeting with the main human rights organizations working in the republics of the North Caucasus, President Medvedev enjoined the local authorities to work with the NGOs to enforce the rule of law and tackle abuses of power by the security forces. Tanya Lokshina, of Human Rights Watch’s Russia Office, who was there, intends to hold the president to his words

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    Children in prison
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    Written by: Mary McAuley All articles by Mary McAuley

    The approach to juvenile lawbreakers in Russia and in England & Wales is more punitive than in other European countries. Why do we put young offenders behind bars?In this article Mary McAuley highlights some of the questions she has addressed in her new book ‘Children in Custody’.

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    Fighting for Magnitsky (part 2)
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    Written by: Oliver Carroll All articles by Oliver Carroll

    Six months on from the controversial prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, Oliver Carroll spoke to key witness and former employer Jamison Firestone. Part two of two.

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    Fighting for Magnitsky: an interview with Jamison Firestone (part 1)
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    Written by: Oliver Carroll All articles by Oliver Carroll

    Six months on from the controversial prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, Oliver Carroll spoke to key witness and former employer Jamison Firestone. Part one of two.

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    Prison as a death sentence
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    Written by: Zoya Svetova All articles by Zoya Svetova

    The death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky in November shocked the world and mobilised President Medvedev into a promise of reform. Yet, as a second death tragically illustrates, the system has remained essentially unchanged: brutal, dependent and secretive.

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    Who is responsible? An interview with Fred Halliday
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    Written by: Danny Postel All articles by Danny Postel

    Fred Halliday, who died on 26 April, talks to Danny Postel about realpolitik, religion, universal rights and the pitfalls of the Left. He discusses the need to combine solidarity with critical distance, to know what is really happening in Third World countries. This interview, published in Salmagundi, not previously available on the web, was recorded on 23 November 2005, in Chicago.

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    After the plane crash: Russian attitudes to Katyn
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    Written by: Alexei Levinson All articles by Alexei Levinson

    The NKVD’s mass execution in 1940 of Polish officers in Katyn Forest has complicated the often tense relations between Russia and Poland. But the plane crash on 10 April 2010 brought the countries closer together. Russia’s Levada Center has recently carried out a survey into Russian attitudes to Poland and Katyn in particular. The results were sometimes startling, as Alexei Levinson recounts.

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    How it all started...
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    Written by: Ute Seela All articles by Ute Seela

    The idea was born on a train ride returning from the ‘Religion Revisited’- conference of UNRISD and the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin last June

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    Amnesty: human rights, political wrongs
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    Written by: David Hayes All articles by David Hayes

    An intense controversy over Amnesty International's association with people who reject its universalist principles has been sparked by its treatment of a senior figure who raised the issue. Here, a global petition signed by prominent writers and activists poses questions to the human-rights organisation and defends the now suspended Gita Sahgal; and Amnesty’s own statement reaffirms its values.(This article was first published on 22 March 2010)

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    Life on a knife edge: migrant domestic workers in the UK
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    Written by: Jenny Moss All articles by Jenny Moss

    At what point do the rights of migrant domestic workers as human beings and as workers start to take precedence over their status as migrants?

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    Tackling Russia’s legal nihilism
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    Written by: Olga Kudeshkina All articles by Olga Kudeshkina

    Olga Kudeshkina made headlines in 2004 as the first Russian judge to flag up political interference in the judicial system. Dismissed for her resistance, she took her case to the European Court of Human Rights and won. Kudeshkina outlines the continued political pressure felt by the judiciary and the barriers in the way of President Medvedev’s intentions to reform.

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    Grozny: Rebuilt, Fearful and (Almost) Forgotten by the West
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina

    Downtown Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, is ablaze with lights and full of chic shops now. But the paralysing fear remains. Human Rights Watch’s Tanya Lokshina and her Memorial colleagues tell a rare visitor from the West about the kidnappings, about the relatives too fearful to complain...

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    Life and death of an independent newspaper in Oryol
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    Written by: Elena Godlevskaya All articles by Elena Godlevskaya

    In 2004, some local journalists in Oryol founded an independent newspaper ‘for those who want the truth’. Although it sold well, members of staff were subject to threats, bribes, attacks and arson. Still, it lasted four years.

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    A new approach to human rights (and China)
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    Written by: William A Callahan All articles by William A Callahan

    The focus of dialogue with Beijing about human rights should shift from enforcing universal laws towards building a shared moral identity, says William A Callahan.

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    In memoriam Nastya and Stas
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    Written by: Andrei Loshak All articles by Andrei Loshak

    Anastasia Baburova and Stanislav Markelov were gunned down in a neo-Nazi contract killing a year ago. In this moving tale Andrei Loshak tells us why he and his friend, who also suffered neo-Nazi violence, will be going on the Moscow march in their memory

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