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.

Reports

LGBT Rights in Russia: Legal background and current situation
Interview und Stellungnahme zu Russlands neuem NGO-Gesetz
IGFM für Freilassung von Sergej Resnik
Ein Reisebericht nach Perm zum Projekt „Wohnung“
In ehrenvollen Gedenken an Valerij Senderow

News from Russia

Alexey Navalny charged with extremism

Alexey Navalny charged with extremism

Alexey Navalny charged with extremism Politician Alexey Navalny has been charged in a new criminal case, namely "creation of an extremist community". According to Aleksey himself, an investigator visited him on ...
Sasha Skochilenko remains in pre-trial detention until July 1

Sasha Skochilenko remains in pre-trial detention until July 1

Sasha Skochilenko remains in pre-trial detention until July 1 The Vasileostrovsky District Court extended the arrest of Sasha Skochilenko, a St. Petersburg artist, until July 1. In spite of public ...
Russians urged to give up war

Russians urged to give up war

Human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov has published an update to the Stop the War on Ukraine petition. Sharing important information for Russians about anti-war initiatives. Russians urged to give up ...
Anti-war rally in London called for "getting at least some Russians out of the propaganda swamp

Anti-war rally in London called for “getting at least some Russians out of the propaganda swamp

Dozens of people gathered outside Parliament in London for Russians against the war. Many were holding white, blue and white flags, which have become a symbol of protests against Russia's ...
Law of war in a digital age or when is a cyberattack a war crime?

Law of war in a digital age or when is a cyberattack a war crime?

Law of war in a digital age or when is a cyberattack a war crime? The damage caused by cyberattacks in the war in Ukraine pales in comparison with the ...
"Putin is not all Russia. We do what we can" Open letter of the Swiss public

“Putin is not all Russia. We do what we can” Open letter of the Swiss public

"Putin is not all Russia. We do what we can" Open letter of the Swiss public We Russians living in Switzerland express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people fighting the ...
Concentration camps for prisoners of war on Russian territory

Concentration camps for prisoners of war on Russian territory

Concentration camps for prisoners of war on Russian territory Concentration camps for prisoners of war are being set up in Russia on the premises of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service ...
PACE calls for the setting up of an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators of the crime of aggression against Ukraine

PACE calls for the setting up of an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators of the crime of aggression against Ukraine

PACE calls for the setting up of an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators of the crime of aggression against Ukraine “Appalled by the ongoing war ...