New Web Portal Documents Repression

Yury Chervochnik being detained on March 11, 2007.  Photo ©AFPOn 26 December 2007, a new information Internet portal – “the Chronicles of Persecution” web page – was launched. Its address is

The new web page is a joint project of the Other Russia coalition and the Nizhny Novgorod-based Foundation to Support Tolerance, as well as several Russian NGOs and human rights organizations.

The main goal of the web page is to collect information on repressions against Russian political and social activists, journalists and human rights defenders. Many of them have been subjected to various forms of harassment because of their political views and activities this year. There have been cases of people being killed and beaten. Many people have been taken into custody under false charges. There have been cases of people subjected to forced psychiatric treatment. Unlawful detentions and searches are becoming routine practice.

The project is aimed at attracting attention to such incidents in particular and to the practice of repression against dissidents across Russia. The site plans to raise public awareness and to launch public campaigns to support endangered activists.

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