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Russia: First Criminal Case under ‘Undesirables’ Law

Expand Anastasiya Shevchenko at her court hearing in Rostov-on-Don on January 23, 2019. © Alissa Vasilyeva, Rostov-on-Don, 2019   (Moscow) – Russian authorities on January 23, 2019 opened their first criminal case against a Russian activist for alleged involvement with a so-called “undesirable” foreign organization, Human Rights Watch said today. A Rostov-on-Don court placed Anastasia Shevchenko, a local coordinator of the Open Russia Civic Movement (ORCM), under house arrest as a suspect. ORCM is an unregistered pro-democracy movement of Russian citizens, founded in 2016, which Russian authorities…

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