Russian government relentlessly reduced space for peaceful dissent, political opposition, and civic activism in Russia during 2018, Human Rights Watch said.
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Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its effort to fight fake news.
Since Russia’s occupation of Crimea, authorities have engaged in relentless persecution of Crimean Tatars and others critical of Russia.
About 40 men and women have been detained on suspicion of being gay since December and reports say at least two of them have died of torture in detention.
The United States Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Israel’s internal security service says it was prepared to thwart any foreign intervention in the upcoming elections, as suspicions were made on Russia.
A 90-day political campaign period has opened in Ukraine, where the incumbent hasn’t yet announced whether he plans to run in a March 31 election.
The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution to allow Putin to remain in power beyond the end of his current term.
As Ukraine enters its fifth winter of conflict, the United Nations says civilians continue to be victimized by widespread human rights violations and abuse.
U.S. intelligence community concluded Americans were subjected to ongoing influence operations and disinformation campaigns by Russia, China and Iran.