In 2012, when started his third period as Russian president, a wave of repression began against a number of NGOs in Russia. Particularly the freedoms of expression and assembly were strictly restricted. Especially critical and progressive NGOs are concerned by the persecution as so-called „foreign agents“. Local activists and NGOs are accused and faced to fines and imprisonment, and have to expect not to be able to continue their work any more.

A Murmansk activist will report on the new law and the connected repression on November 3, 2014 at 7 PM at Wohn- und Kulturprojekt B12, Braustr. 20, 04107 Leipzig, and answer the following questions:

  • What does it practically mean to be persecuted as „foreign agent“? Who could be attacked?
  • The first sentencings took place – what does it mean for the concerned people and groups?
  • What to do after a conviction?
  • What is Putin afraid od? What does he want to reach with the law?
  • How can Russian NGOs be supported?

The lecture will take place in English.