RUSSIA

Overview

Russia (Russian Россия), or the Russian Federation, covers almost one third of the surface of Eurasia and is the largest country in the world (17,125,191 km²). Russia borders eighteen countries and is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, home to over 200 nationalities and ethnic groups. The population of Russia according to the results of the 2016 Census is 146,544,710 people. Thus, Russia is ranked ninth in the world in population.
Russia has 85 equal subjects of the federation, including 22 autonomous republics, 9 territories, 46 regions, 3 federal cities, 1 autonomous region, and 4 autonomous districts. The capital of Moscow is home to over 14 million inhabitants. The official language of Russia is Russian. In the national autonomies (22 autonomous republics, 1 autonomous region, 4 autonomous districts) official status also have a local national language.
Russia is a secular state, where, according to the constitution, religious freedom is proclaimed. The most common are: Christianity (mainly Orthodox), Islam (in the majority Sunni), Buddhism and Judaism. In a number of areas remains a presence of local cults.

IGFM Section Russia

The Russian section of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) was founded in Moscow in 1993 at the initiative of human rights defenders. During its existence the Section, in cooperation with other sections of the ISHR, and independently have implemented many projects, such as:
– “White Book of Russia” (the analysis of human rights in Russia);
– “Introduction to democracy – the example of Switzerland” (the use of the Western experience of a democratic state of law in Russia);
– 3 editions of the book “Gulag: Its builders, inhabitants and heroes” (dedicated to the protection of democracy and the historical knowledge of Russia);
– “Development of civil society in the CIS”;
– “Human rights in armed forces”;
– “Promotion of the International Criminal Court”;
– “Public campaign against racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism in the multinational Russian Federation” and others.
Currently, the Russian Section has over 900 human rights defenders carrying out their human rights activities in 47 regions of Russia. According to the charter of the ISHR, section members interact with human rights organizations and provide assistance to those who in their human rights activities renounce the use of violence, propaganda of violence, oppose the totalitarian forms of government.
Section members and experts regularly informed about the situation with human rights through the media, including provision of legal and human rights evaluation of specific events or legislative initiatives.
Russian section of the ISHR is one of the oldest human rights organizations in Russia, which continues to uphold the principles of independence and objectivity of the human rights in the current difficult conditions.

News from Russia

Putin gets rid of his critic

Putin gets rid of his critic

Russia: Putin continues to get rid of his critics – well-known civil rights activist sentenced to two and a half years in prison for “discrediting the army”. ISHR fears for ...
“Ukraine is fighting for us. We must never forget that.” – Cafe Kyiv 2024

“Ukraine is fighting for us. We must never forget that.” – Cafe Kyiv 2024

The major event Cafe Kyiv took place in Berlin on February 19th. The program included numerous Ukrainian and international non-governmental organizations, interesting workshops, serious discussions, exhibitions, installations, Ukrainian cuisine and ...
IGFM: Sincere condolences for Alexei Navalny. State murder machinery

IGFM: Sincere condolences for Alexei Navalny. State murder machinery

The IGFM is shocked by the death of Alexei Navalny and expresses its sincere condolences. The death of the Kremlin critic makes it clear how dangerous today's Russia is for ...
Alexei Navalny died

Alexei Navalny died

Alexei Navalny died in the colony, reports the UFSIN YNAO. Official. Navalny died in the correctional colony "Polar Wolf" in the settlement of Kharp, - UFSIN "Convict Navalny A.A. after ...
Putin signs law enabling asset seizure for convictions related to desertion, genocide, and ‘fake news’ about army

Putin signs law enabling asset seizure for convictions related to desertion, genocide, and ‘fake news’ about army

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law amending provisions on property confiscation in Russia’s Criminal Code. The amendments allow for money, valuables, or other property obtained in the ...
Stanislav Asseyev lived through the hell of a Russian torture prison in Donetsk

Stanislav Asseyev lived through the hell of a Russian torture prison in Donetsk

Stanislav Asseyev was able to report from the areas occupied by separatists and Russian secret service forces in eastern Ukraine for two years. In 2017, he was abducted, imprisoned and ...
Location of jailed Russian activist Vladimir Kara-Murza unknown, say backers

Location of jailed Russian activist Vladimir Kara-Murza unknown, say backers

 Those who tried to visit or write to the journalist, who is serving a 25-year sentence, were unsuccessful The prominent Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza, who is serving a 25-year ...
Russia: 7 years in prison for anti-war stickers

Russia: 7 years in prison for anti-war stickers

Artist Sasha Skochilenko sentenced to 7 years in prison for anti-war stickers On November 16, 2023, the Vasileostrovsky District Court of St. Petersburg sentenced Sasha Skochilenko, accused of spreading false ...