Russian Opposition Launches New Online Platform

Both Deutsche Welle and Other Russia are reporting on the launch of a new content-rich web portal organized by the Russian opposition to document political repression: Homepage.jpg According to OR: “The main goal of the web page is to collect information on repressions against Russian political and social activists, journalists and human rights defenders. Many of them have been subjected to various forms of harassment because of their political views and activities this year. There have been cases of people being killed and beaten. Many people have been taken into custody under false charges. There have been cases of people subjected to forced psychiatric treatment. Unlawful detentions and searches are becoming routine practice. The project is aimed at attracting attention to such incidents in particular and to the practice of repression against dissidents across Russia. The site plans to raise public awareness and to launch public campaigns to support endangered activists.