Tanya Lokshina, Human Rights Watch

Tanya Lokshina

Human Rights Watch

Russian Federation

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Past articles by Tanya:

Russia Designates Another Rights Organization as ‘Undesirable’

Yesterday, Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office designated the Andrei Sakharov Foundation as “undesirable.” By labeling the foundation, the Kremlin is also ostracizing Sakharov’s legacy and, essentially, all the human rights defenders, independent journalists, activists, pro-democracy scientists, and cultural figures associated with it in Russia. → Read More

Russia’s Oldest Human Rights Group Faces 'Liquidation'

Last week, Russia’s Justice Ministry filed a petition with the Moscow City Court seeking “liquidation” of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), a leading Russian human rights organization. → Read More

Russian Government Seeks Closure of LGBT Rights Group

This week, Russia's Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit seeking to “liquidate” Sphere Foundation, the legal entity under which the Russian LGBT Network operates, arguing the group’s activities run contrary to “traditional values.” → Read More

Moscow Plays a Weak Hand on Lawlessness in Chechnya

It's time the Kremlin stops simply whispering in Kadyrov’s ear behind closed doors and demonstrate that lawlessness will no longer be tolerated. → Read More

Chechen Police Abduct a Woman in Retaliation Against Her Sons

As all eyes are focused on growing tensions between the Kremlin and NATO, Chechen authorities seem emboldened to be unrestrained in their use of lawless tactics in their war with dissent. → Read More

Russian Authorities Aim to Stifle Leading Rights Group

The final days of 2021 were marked by a particularly vicious escalation of Russia’s crackdown on independent reporting and activism. On December 25, while much of the world was on holiday, authorities blocked the website of OVD-Info. → Read More

European Court Rules to Reunite Chechen Woman with Her Children

The ruling means the world to Tapayeva and to many other women in Russia’s North Caucasus who are struggling to regain custody of or at least visit with their children. → Read More

Belarus’s Political Crackdown Affects Everyday Life

Central Hrodna is charming, with beautiful churches, coffee shops, and terraces. It might have once been bustling with tourists. But no more. → Read More

Russian Authorities Move to Shut Down a Human Rights Giant

Russian authorities have moved to shut down Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and most prominent rights organization, an outrageous assault on the jugular of Russia’s civil society. → Read More

Thugs Attack Russian Human Rights Group, Then Police Make Matters Worse

Thursday night, thugs invaded the offices of Memorial, a leading Russian rights group, and although police eventually arrived, instead of helping them, they harassed the activists and refused to let them leave the building until late in the night. Here’s what happened through the eyes of Memorial activist Yulia Orlova and her colleagues. → Read More

Justice for Murder of Chechen Rights Defender Remains Elusive

Today, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the case of Natalia Estemirova, star Chechen human rights defender murdered in July 2009. It found that Russia had violated their obligations to protect her right to life by "failto investigate effectively abduction and killing.” → Read More

A Year of Dismantling Civil Society in Belarus

One year ago, the center of Minsk was teaming with people protesting stolen presidential elections and asserting their voices matter. On that first evening, the mood was festive. → Read More

Russia Expands Onslaught on Critics

With Russia’s September 19 parliamentary elections fast approaching, every day begins with new reports of arbitrary arrests, interrogations, and other attacks on critical voices. → Read More

Threat of Prosecution Forces Closure of Top Russian Rights Group

For close to seven years, Team 29 did stellar work, taking on trumped-up treason, espionage, and state secrets cases, fighting for people about to be crushed by the mighty security services’ machinery. → Read More

Another Critic Detained in Belarus on Undisclosed Charges

Since mass peaceful protests began last summer, authorities have jailed hundreds on politically motivated charges, with blatant disregard for their rights to liberty, to legal counsel, and a fair trial. → Read More

Supermarket Chain in Russia Acts LGBT-Inclusive, Then Regrets It

In Russia, where discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is written into law, the boldness of VkusVill’s gesture cannot be underestimated. → Read More

Kremlin Endorses Another Term for Kadyrov and His Brutal Chechen Regime

With the Kremlin’s blessing, Kadyrov’s re-election is largely a foregone conclusion; the climate of fear in Chechnya does not allow for a free or fair election. → Read More

Police ‘Kidnap’ Chechen Woman Who Escaped Abuse

For about six months before 22-year-old Khalimat Taramova fled Chechnya on June 6, her family kept the young woman, who identifies as bisexual, under lock and key. → Read More

Attacked for Blogging About Life with HIV in Russia

Twenty-nine-year-old Ilya Bronsky tested positive for HIV in 2019 and wanted other HIV-positive Russians to understand that the diagnosis is not the end of the world. → Read More

Chechen Asylum Seeker Deported to Russia Arbitrarily Detained

France expelled Gadaev on April 9, despite a ruling by the national asylum court recognizing that he could come to harm if deported to Russia. → Read More