Tag: Russian law

Russia May Soon Have ‘More Blocked Websites than Working Ones,’ Legal Expert Says

April 11, 2015

Staunton, April 10 -It is a measure of how Moscow has tightened the screws on the media that Russia will “soon become a country in which there will be more blocked websites than working ones,” according to Svetlana Kuzevanova, a legal specialist at the Voronezh Center for the Defense of Media Rights. In an interview […]

Putin Eliminating Rights of Russians ‘Step by Step,’ New Report Shows

April 6, 2015

Staunton, April 5 — A new study by a group of Moscow activists on the state of freedom of assembly in Russia concludes that Vladimir Putin has been first limiting and then eliminating that right as well as others in his drive to prevent the citizens of his country from being able to express themselves […]

Russia’s Muslims, Ready to Protest, Seek Shariat Guidance on Demonstrations

March 11, 2015

Staunton, February 1 — It is unclear which should disturb the Kremlin more — that Muslims in the Russian Federation are now sufficiently angry that they are thinking about taking part in public protests or that these same Muslims feel that they should ask not what Russian law says about such meetings but rather what […]

Putin Replacing Law with Morality as Iranian Ayatollahs Did, Fishman Says

January 24, 2015

Staunton, January 23 – The recent statement by Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peshkov, that “there are things more important than laws” is the latest sign of a fundamental shift in Russian governance from the dictatorship of laws that Putin promised when he came to office to a dictatorship of morality resembling the situation in […]

Russian Commanders Forcing Draftees to Sign Up for Longer Terms

December 8, 2014

Staunton, December 8 – Reflecting Moscow’s difficulties in finding enough men to serve in the military because of Russia’s demographic decline, difficulties exacerbated by Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, commanders are exploiting the ignorance of many draftees and forcing them to agree to sign on for longer terms of service as “professional soldiers.” This violation […]