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Russia: Authorities Double Down on Persecuting 'Undesirables'

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Mikhail Iosilevich, head of the local branch of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Pastafarianism), an independent group,  November 2020. © Private/Facebook (Berlin) – A Russian court on May 27, 2022 handed an activist 20 months of custodial sentence and ordered him to pay civil damages of 100,000 rubles (approximately US$1,500) having found him affiliated with an “undesirable organization,” Human Rights Watch said today. The abusive law underlying the charges, the prosecution and sentencing, individually and together constitute a complete travesty of justice,…


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