Howard M. Friedman (LexBlog Russia)

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  • European Court Says Russian Regulation of Proselytizing Violated Human Rights Convention

    In Ossewaarde v. Russia, (ECHR, March 7, 2023), the European Court of Human Rights held that legal restrictions imposed by Russia in 2016 on religious proselytizing violated the rights of a Baptist pastor who was a U.S. national living in Russia.  The court found violations of Articles 9 (freedom religion) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of...

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Rights of Same Sex Couples Who Were Denied Marriage Registration

    In Fedotova and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, Jan. 17, 2023), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held that Russia violated the rights of three same-sex couples when it refused to permit them to marry. The court said in part:  206.  The Government argued, firstly, that it was necessary to preserve the...

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    In a 6-1 Chamber Judgment in Taganrog LRO and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, June 7, 2022), the European Court of Human Rights held that Russia’s forced dissolution of Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organizations, banning of Jehovah’s Witness religious literature and international website on charges of extremism, banning distribution of their religious magazines, criminal prosecution of individual...

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    In a 6-1 Chamber Judgment in Taganrog LRO and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, June 7, 2022), the European Court of Human Rights held that Russia’s forced dissolution of Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organizations, banning of Jehovah’s Witness religious literature and international website on charges of extremism, banning distribution of their religious magazines, criminal prosecution of individual...

  • Three Chabad Rabbis Are On Russia’s List Of Those Banned From Travel To Russia

    As reported by Axios, Russia last Saturday released a list of 963 Americans who are banned from traveling to Russia in retaliation for American sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. JTA reports that included in the list are three rabbis who are leaders of Agudas Chassidei Chabad which has been attempting for years to...

  • U.S. Sanctions On Russia May Lead To Chabad Recovering Assets In Suit Over Return Of Jewish Library Collection

    As previously reported, in 2013 the D.C. federal district court held the Russian government and three of its agencies in civil contempt for not complying with a 2010 default judgement ordering it to return two expropriated collections of valuable Jewish religious books and manuscripts to Chasidei Chabad of United States.  Despite objections by the United...

  • Sanctions On Russian Financial Firm Leads Counsel To End Representation In Litigation Over Recovery Of Jewish Books From Russia

    As previously reported, for nearly two decades Agudas Chasidei Chabad has been attempting to recover from the Russian government two expropriated collections of valuable Jewish religious books and manuscripts. In 2013, the D.C. federal district court held the Russian government and three of its agencies in civil contempt, and imposed sanctions of $50,000 per day,...

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Rights of Krishna Movement, Vaishnavism and Unification Church

    As reported by Courthouse News Service, yesterday in Chamber Judgments, Russia lost two separate freedom of religion cases in the European Court of Human Rights. In Centre of Societies for Krishna Consciousness In Russia and Frolov v. Russia, (ECHR, Nov. 23, 2021), the court held that a hostile description of the Krishna movement in government brochure...

  • Russia Labels Church of Scientology As "Undesirable" Organization

    As reported by the Moscow Times, last Friday the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation designated the Church of Scientology as non-governmental organizations that are “undesirable” in the territory of the Russian Federation. (Press Release in Russian). The designation applies to both the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises and the Church of Spiritual Technology (L....

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Convention In Refusing To Register Same-Sex Unions

    In Fedotova and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, July 13, 2021), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment held that Russia violated Article 8 (Respect For Private and Family Life) of the European Convention on Human Rights when it refused to register the marriage of same-sex couples. The Court said in part: 49. ...

  • Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Sues Prison Officials To Obtain A Quran

    According to reports from AP and The Hill, imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is suing prison officials to obtain access to volumes of the Quran with commentary that he purchased. AP says in part: Navalny has faced criticism over the years for using nationalist rhetoric regarding migrants, many of whom arrive in Russia from predominantly Muslim nations...

  • Chabad Moves One Step Closer To Recovering Sanctions Against Russia In Attempt To Repatriate Library

    Agudas Chasidei Chabad of the United States v. Russian Federation, (D DC, Nov. 6, 2020), is the latest decision in a long-running attempt by Agudas Chasidei Chabad to recover from the Russian government two expropriated collections of valuable Jewish religious books and manuscripts. In 2013, the D.C. federal district court held the Russian government and three...

  • State Department Sanctions Two Russians For Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Last week the State Department publicly designated two investigative officials in Russia’s western Siberian city of Surgut as ineligible to enter the United States because of their involvement in persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The State Department’s press release said in part: The Department is publicly designating Vladimir Petrovich Yermolayev, the Head of the Investigative Committee...

  • European Court Says Russia Violated Rights of LGBT Organizations

    Last month, in Zhdanov and Others v. Russia, (ECHR, July 16, 2019), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment held that Russia had violated Article 6 (access to courts), Article 11 (freedom of association) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights in refusing to register three organizations that...

  • Data On Russia’s Prosecution of Missionary Activity

    Forum 18 reported this week: At least 159 prosecutions of individuals and communities for violating Russia’s “anti-missionary” restrictions under Administrative Code Article 5.26, Parts 3, 4 and 5 are known to have reached court in the calendar year 2018. This marks a decrease in the overall number of such prosecutions compared with the first year...

  • Russian Court Sentences Jehovah’s Witness To 6 Years In Prison

    Forum 18 reports that after 74 hearings over the past year, a Russian trial court in the city of Oryol yesterday sentenced Jehovah’s Witness adherent Dennis Christensen to six years in prison under Russia’s law banning extremist organizations. The court convicted Christensen of “organizing the activities of a banned extremist organisation” (Criminal Code Article 282.2,...

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