The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that the Russian authorities must pay over 28,000 euros to two Russians who took part in an anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus but never received combat allowance.
Thousands of Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow on Wednesday, decrying President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.
Russia’s State Duma plans to increase fines for propaganda of homosexuality to one million roubles, thus having made radical changes to the bill, which caused protests of the gay community.
The Russian prosecutor's office has offered to Czech authorities that they visit Russian businessman Alexei Torubarov, now detained in Russia to which he was extradited by the Czech Republic, Zuzana Fiserova, director of the Justice Ministry international relations department, said today.
UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session is taking place in Geneva. It is the UN’s main body dealing with the issue of human rights in the world. On 4 June in the framework of the session the presentation took place of the first report of the special reporter on the situation with human rights in Belarus Miklós Haraszti, who had been appointed in July last year. The report severely criticized the policy of Belarusian authorities, said about cruel treatment of political prisoners, which can be equated to tortures, and also about systemic violations of human rights by the Lukashenka regime.
Former chess champion and anti-Kremlin activist Gary Kasparov has declared he will not return to Russia. He fears he will be targeted in a wave of investigations into members of the opposition.