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The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: The Case of Alexey Pichugin

Jun 21 2019

On June 4, 2020, the Orenburg Region Administration’s Commission on Pardon Issues denied pardon to former Yukos staffer Alexey Pichugin, who has been in jail since 2003. Memorial Human Rights Center has acknowledged him as a political prisoner. Pichugin is serving life in prison, and this is his third pardon denial.

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The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: The Case of Vladimir Balukh

Jun 14 2019

Vladimir Balukh is a Ukrainian farmer who was convicted of illegal possession of ammunition (Criminal Code Article 222(1)) and disrupting the activities of a detention center (Article 321(2)). In reality, he is being punished for his outspoken pro-Ukraine activism. More

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The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: The Case of Roman Udot

Jun 07 2019

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The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: The Case of Igor Rudnikov

May 31 2019

Igor Rudnikov is a prominent opposition politician in the Kaliningrad region and was the editor of Noviye Kolyosa, a now-closed independent newspaper renowned for its investigative journalism, particularly on government corruption. Rudnikov has been in custody since November 1, 2017, awaiting trial on extortion charges (Criminal Code Article 163(3)). More

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Free Russia Foundation Statement Against Persecution of Human Rights Defenders in Occupied Crimea

May 30 2019

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