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European Parliament Ignores Rights Abuses in Russia

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The European Parliament (EP) has taken a much more favourable attitude toward Russia at the same time as the human rights situation in Russia has continued to deteriorate. This is revealed in a February 2013 research paper by the Italian political scientist, Stefano Braghiroli, for the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu.

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Venäjän oppitunti

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Vielä reilu vuosikymmen sitten, Putinin noustessa Venäjän johtoon, julkisessa sanassa Helsingin Sanomia myöten, maalattiin kuvaa itänaapurimme hitaasta, mutta varmasta taipaleesta kohti eurooppalaisten liberaalidemokratioiden joukkoa. Putin nähtiin Jeltsinin jälkeisen Venäjän edistyksellisenä voimana matkalla kohti uudenlaista, menestyksekästä ja kansainvälisiä ihmisoikeuksia kunnioittavaa eurooppalaista Venäjää.

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“Nothing To Do With The EU”

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British authorities prevented Oksana Chelysheva, member of the Board of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM), from attending a major international human rights conference in Northern Ireland. Ms Chelysheva was due to deliver a keynote address on the situation in Russia’s North Caucasus at the Poisonous Legacies conference in Derry on 15 June 2013, but was stopped on arrival at London Stansted Airport.

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Särkyneet peilit

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Suomalais-venäläinen mediakonferenssi “Särkyneet peilit” pidetään Venäjän tiede- ja kulttuurikeskuksessa Helsingissä 3.-4. joulukuuta 2012. Konferenssin aiheina ovat maiden mediakuva ja kysymys viisumivapaudesta. Tapahtuma on ensimmäinen merkittävä suomalais-venäläinen toimittajatapaaminen sitten neuvostoaikojen.

Konferenssin järjestävät Suomi-Venäjä-Seura, Suomalais-venäläinen kansalaisfoorumi (FINROSFORUM), Suomen Journalistiliitto, Uusi Suomi ja YLE sekä venäläinen uutisoimisto ITAR-TASS. Mukana suunnittelutyössä ovat myös Helsingin yliopisto, Venäjän journalistiliitto sekä Pietarin ja Leningradin alueen journalistiliitto.

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EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in St Petersburg

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The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum will hold its annual general assembly on 9-10 October 2012 in St Petersburg. Following the previous conferences in Prague and Warsaw, the assembly will discuss various topics relevant to civil society actors in both Russia and the EU, evaluate the recent developments of the Forum as well as work on the further consolidation of its agenda. Among the civil-society topics, the Forum’s general assembly will discuss some of the most pressing issues such as public assembly law, LGBT rights, economic crisis and its implications, as well as ecological impact of urban development. The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) will attend the event.

For more information:

http://eu-russia-csf.org/home/102012-obshchee-sobranie-foruma/programma.html

Finnish MPs for Sanctions in Magnitsky Case

A group of leading members of the Finnish Parliament, spearheaded by the National Coalition Party’s MP, Pia Kauma, submitted a written question to the government on the question of sanctions against Russian officials involved in the murder of the Russian lawyer, Sergey Magnitsky. So far, the United States and the Netherlands have imposed visa bans on the officials. Moreover, the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have urged member states to freeze the assets of the officials involved and impose international visa bans.

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Russia Making a Mockery of Human Rights

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a report on the human rights situation in various countries. The starting point of the report is one of double standards: The report only focuses on human rights in countries, with which Russia is looking for discord.

The report devotes several pages to Finland. It seems that Moscow regards Finland as a similar target for pressure and part of its “near abroad” as the Baltic States. The report directs accusations against Finland using the same sort of demagoguery as against the Baltic States.

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