Russia’s crackdown on civil society has extended to antiwar protesters, independent news media and human rights organisations, silencing dissent and sources of information amid the war in Ukraine.
Under Russia’s foreign agents law, non-governmental organisations receiving funding from another country experience increased scrutiny and risk of liquidation.
Democracy Now! speaks with Anna Dobrovolskaya, executive director of the Memorial Human Rights Centre, one of Russia’s oldest human rights organisations, which monitors human rights violations and provides legal assistance to asylum seekers. Russian courts ordered it dissolved in December 2021.
“It’s the approach of the Russian government to widely and silently put some limitations on people who are just willing to speak openly,” Dobrovolskaya says. “The government is just trying to close everything down.”