Russia declared Institute of Mass Information expert Iryna Zemlyana wanted in 2022, opening a criminal case against her on spurious charges of attacking the Russian ambassador in Poland during an anti-war protest.
The detained journalists were covering a protest near the Kremlin by women demanding that their husbands be brought home from the front in Ukraine.
UK-based Akunin was placed on the “foreign agents” list in January due to his opposition to Russia’s war in Ukraine. A criminal case has been opened against him for “justifying terrorism” and spreading “fake news” to discredit the Russian armed forces.
An appeal against an injunction granted against the book “The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés and Agents Abroad” will be heard in Germany on 8 December.
“The assault on LGBTQI+ rights has become a symbol of Russia’s rejection of universal human rights, as the government positions Russia as the defender of so-called traditional values in opposition to ‘the collective West'” – HRW
Aleksandr Dorogov and Yan Katelevskiy were handed prison sentences of 10.5 years and 9.5 years respectively on trumped-up extortion charges.
“Russia’s decision to free the convicted murderer of a renowned journalist as a reward for taking part in its monstrous invasion of Ukraine is a reprehensible perversion of justice” – IPI
A Russian court sentenced artist Aleksandra Skochilenko to seven years in prison for replacing supermarket price tags with information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In addition to his 8.5 year prison sentence, Aleksandr Nozdrinov will be banned from media-related activities for 4 years when he is eventually released.
Mediatopol in south-east Ukraine: officially a journalism school, in reality a propaganda school in the service of the Kremlin
“We denounce the use of such methods, which aim to integrate Ukrainian territories by means of a media landscape controlled by the occupation authorities” – RSF
“Deliberately targeting journalists, shelling their facilities, and engaging in arbitrary detentions and torture clearly violate international humanitarian law and press freedom.”
Since Russia’s invasion began, Press Freedom Centers opened in Ukraine by Reporters Without Borders and the Institute of Mass Information have provided support to 1,300 journalists and media outlets.
Russian authorities deported to Russia a wrongfully imprisoned Ukrainian rights defender and civic journalist, Iryna Danylovych, and are denying her access to medical treatment in custody.
“German and Georgian authorities should treat these allegations with the utmost seriousness and do all they can to safeguard the lives of journalists living in exile” – CPJ