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EU Criticizes Russia For Labeling Brussels-Based Organization 'Undesirable'.

The European Union says it rejects Russia's decision earlier this month to designate the Brussels-based European Endowment for Democracy (EED) an "undesirable" organization.

Belarusian Journalist Satsuk Detained For Alleged Bribe Taking.

The Belarusian news website says state authorities have detained its director and editor in chief on suspicion of accepting a bribe.

Tehran Denies Knowledge Of Missing Ex-FBI Agent After Reports He Died In Iranian Custody.

Tehran has denied it knows the whereabouts of Robert Levinson after the United States demanded "a complete accounting" of what happened to the retired FBI agent, who is believed to have died in Iranian custody.

Azerbaijan's Coronavirus Disinformation Law Could Curb Press Freedom, OSCE Says.

The media-rights watchdog for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has raised concerns about legislation passed recently in Azerbaijan with the stated aim of fighting against coronavirus disinformation.

Azerbaijani Opposition Politician Arrested On 'Bogus' Charges, HRW Says.

Azerbaijan has arrested a prominent opposition politician, Tofig Yagublu, in what Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls "another disturbing example of the government's contempt for free speech and political critics."

OSCE Concerned About Measures Against 'Fake News' In Bosnia.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed concern over the introduction of new measures against spreading panic and "fake news" regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

HRW Welcomes Azerbaijani Journalist's Release, Deplores Others Still Behind Bars.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on Azerbaijan to free at least five journalists and bloggers who it says have been imprisoned on politically motivated charges.

Date Set For Trial Of U.S. Citizen Charged With 'Espionage' In Russia

The trial of a former U.S. Marine who is being held in a Moscow prison on espionage charges will start on March 23, his lawyers say.

Former Uranium Tycoon Dzhakishev Released From Kazakh Prison.

Former Kazakh state nuclear company head Mukhtar Dzhakishev, whose conviction on corruption charges in 2010 was criticized by many as politically motivated, has been released from prison.

Other Iranian Political Prisoners Join Activist Sotoudeh's Hunger Strike.

The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) says that at least three political activists in Tehran's Evin prison have joined imprisoned human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh’s hunger strike demanding freedom for all political prisoners.

Gulnara Karimova Sentenced Again For Corruption, Financial Crimes.

Gulnara Karimova, the imprisoned elder daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov, has received an additional 13 years and four months in prison in the latest court ruling against her and her former associates.

Bulgarian Investigative Journalist Hospitalized After Being Beaten By Masked Men.

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry says veteran investigative journalist Slavi Angelov has been attacked by unidentified assailants near his home in Sofia.

Controversial Head Of Moscow Election Authority Resigns.

The longtime head of the Moscow Election Commission, Valentin Gorbunov, has resigned due to health reasons, local media reported.

Russia Urged To Drop Terrorism Charges Against Journalist Prokopyeva.

The representative on freedom of the media for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed "serious concerns" about the ongoing prosecution of Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva.

U.S. Group Praises Georgia For 'Spectacular' Gains On Economic Freedom, Blasts Iran, Turkmenistan

Georgia has placed 12th in the Heritage Foundation's global Index of Economic Freedom for 2020, continuing what the Washington-based think tank called its "spectacular" rise among the "mostly free" economies of the world.

Rights Group Says Kazakh Journalist Subjected To 'Full-Blown Harassment'.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling on Kazakhstan to stop harassing an opposition journalist who claims she was assaulted while trying to film the arrest of her husband and was forced to resign as a newspaper editor.

Kazakh Ex-Official Gets Seven Years In Prison For Ordering Attack On Activist.

A former local official has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Kazakhstan's southern Talghar district for ordering the shooting of a civil-rights activist.

Terrorism Charge Brought Against Russian Journalist Prokopyeva.

Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva has been formally charged with justifying terrorism in a case that has drawn criticism from rights and media watchdogs.

Russian Scholars, Legal Experts Sign Up Against 'Constitutional Coup'.

Hundreds of scholars, journalists, and legal experts in Russia have warned in an open letter that the country faces a "deep constitutional crisis and an illegal, unconstitutional coup" as the Constitutional Court prepares to rule on a raft of amen...

EU Slams Russia For Militarization, Human Rights In Crimea, Six Years After Referendum.

The European Union has slammed Russia for its increasing militarization of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and human rights transgressions six years after its “illegal” annexation.

U.S. Embassy Urges Russian Authorities To Investigate Ponomaryov's Beating

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has called on the Russian authorities to "thoroughly" investigate the police beating of 78-year-old veteran human rights defender Lev Ponomaryov.

Russia Without Putin Is A Failed State, State Media Boss Says.

Russian state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov said his country would be a failed state without President Vladimir Putin as he sought to justify constitutional changes that would allow the former KGB colonel to hang on to power until 2036. 

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Dozens Arrested In Moscow Pickets Against 'Political Repression'.

Dozens of people holding single-person pickets near the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service have been detained by Moscow police, including a prominent human rights activist. 


Putin Formally Signs Off On Constitutional Changes That Allow Him To Extend Power.

Vladimir Putin has formally signed off on constitutional amendments that would allow the Russian leader to run again for president in 2024, the Interfax news agency reported on March 14.

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Pakistan Accused Of Harassment After Arrest Of Media Mogul.

Human rights and media freedom watchdogs are urging Pakistan to release from pretrial detention the owner and editor in chief of the country’s biggest independent media group.

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