Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the signing by President Putin of the law on “foreign agents”, a decade shaped by the Russian authorities’ growing fear of critical voices from within Russian society. This law was the first of several legislative measures, including the law on “undesirable organisations” in 2015 and the 2022 “fake news […]
EU – U.S. Consultations Underscore Shared Commitment to Human Rights
On 28 March, the European Union and United States held the EU-US Human Rights Consultations at the level of senior officials. The meetings, which took place in Washington D.C., were led by EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore and acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Lisa Peterson, and reaffirmed their […]
EU rejects Putin’s request to pay for gas supplies from Russia in rubles
The Energy Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the European Union Commissioner for Energy met on Monday in a brief videoconference. As a result, they rejected Putin’s demand that gas deliveries must be paid in rubles, and reaffirmed that agreed contracts for gas deliveries […]
Putin: The new tamer of neo-Nazism?
It is a schoolyard defence most of us know. If someone calls you a name you reply, “It takes one to know one” or “you are worse than me”. That is, accuse them of the very charge they made against you. This rhetorical tactic is a projection(opens in a new tab) – a way to shift blame […]