Category Archives: Human Rights

Team29 fights for civil rights in Russia

On February 2, 2016, the Team29, an informal association of lawyers and journalists based in Russia that supports the Raoul Wallenberg Research Initiative-RW70 and defended historian Boris Sokolov in the court, distributed its weekly newsletter. Here are main points, compiled by Katya Alalykina, and translated by Vadim Birstein: On February 1, 2017, a regular court session on the… Read More »

Memorial Society and its Members Persecuted

Russian authorities have recently intensified attacks on Memorial, the Russian human rights organization whose main objective is to preserve the original memory of political repression in the recent past of our country. On December 7, 2016, the Tverskoi Regional Court in Moscow ruled that the International Society Memorial (the historical and educational branch of the Society) should pay a… Read More »

Unearthing the Responsible

For four years, Denis Karagodin, a graduate from the Philosophical Faculty of the Tomsk University (Siberia), searched for the names of every person involved in the execution of his great-grandfather Stepan, in 1938, from a NKVD woman-typist to the NKVD investigators who signed the death sentence. The story of the local peasant Stepan Karagodin in those years was quite… Read More »

Day of Remembrance

On October 30, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, in Moscow  many more people participated in the Memorial Society ceremony “Returning Names” than in previous years. People waited in a line for four hours for their turn to read the names of the victims executed during the Great Terror (1936-38). Traditionally, the ceremony has taken place in… Read More »