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Amnesty: Atrocities in eastern Ukraine must be investigated
October 20, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday released a report documenting extra-judicial killings by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces in eastern Ukraine, though the advocacy group cautions that the actual number of atrocities is not on the scale reported by Russian media. According to the r....... [more]

Putin orders the removal of troops from Ukraine border
October 12, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the Ukrainian border in preparation for an upcoming meeting between the presidents of the two countries. The Russian government website released the statement in regards to the order stating, "Putin ordered to launc....... [more]

Latvia elects center right coalition despite efforts by pro Russian party
October 5, 2014
Latvia's center right coalition on Sunday won majority in the nations general election. The victory for the center right coalition comes as a huge victory over the pro-Russian support group which were considered a major opposition within the election. Many Latvians feared the pro-Russian concord pa....... [more]

HRW urges Putin to veto restrictions on media freedom
October 4, 2014
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to veto a series of amendments that would severely limit the freedom of the media. The new amendments seek to limit foreign involvement in Russian media by prohibiting any foreign entity from owning more than 20 percent of a Russ....... [more]

ECHR recognizes Scientology church as legal entity in Russia
October 2, 2014
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either rejected....... [more]

Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal investigation against Russia law enforcement agency
September 30, 2014
Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation follow....... [more]

Judicial Backsliding in Russia
September 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests that this reputation is not completely justified. Th....... [more]

Russia high court upholds ban on 'homosexual propaganda'
September 25, 2014
The Constitutional Court of Russia ruled Thursday that the law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors is not in breach of the Russian Constitution. The controversial law, which entered into force in June 2013, was challenged by three LGBT-rights activists: Nikolay Al....... [more]

Russia billionaire placed under house arrest on money laundering charges
September 17, 2014
Vladimir Yevtushenkov, Sistema's chairman and largest shareholder, was placed on house arrest Tuesday after being accused of money laundering. Yevtushenkov is one of Russia's richest men and is estimated by Forbes to be worth approximately USD $4.5 billion. Sistema insists that the charges are base....... [more]

Evidence of war crimes on both sides of Ukraine conflict: Amnesty
September 8, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes, with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the laws of war....... [more]

World Health Organization calls for strong regulation of electronic cigarettes
August 27, 2014
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states that a great deal of un....... [more]




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