Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov (centre) taking part in the “For Our and Your Children” rally in Moscow on October 28th. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

International rights groups are piling pressure on Russia to release a 77-year-old human rights activist sentenced to 25 days in jail for breaking the(...)

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s dramatic weight loss after 139 days of hunger strike. Photograph: Sergey Venyavsky/AFP/Getty Images

Russian prison authorities announced on Friday that Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian writer, film-maker and political activist, had ended his hunger strike a(...)

Oyub Titiev: has frequently faced death threats for his work to uncover widespread official rights abuses in Chechnya. Photograph: Human Rights Watch/Memorial Human Rights Center

Law enforcers in Chechnya were once again facing criticism for rights violations on Wednesday after a prominent human rights defender in the southern (...)

A woman holds a poster depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin during a recent protest at the Russian embassy in Madrid against Russia’s new law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. Photograph: Paul White/AP

A bill to remove parental rights from gays and lesbians who have children has been introduced in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. (...)