The Nizhny Novgorod-based Foundation to Support Tolerance and members of the Other Russia coalition have launched a new information portal, Chronicles of Persecution. The portal will collect information about acts of repression against Russian political and civic activists, journalists, and human rights defenders.
Several civic activists were subjected to various forms of harassment this year. There have been cases of people being killed and beaten up. Many people have been taken into custody under false charges. There have been cases of people being subjected to enforced psychiatric treatment. Unlawful detentions and searches are becoming routine practice.
Chronicles of Persecution aims to attract attention to particular cases of repression and to repression against dissidents in Russia in general. The portal wishes to raise public awareness and launch public campaigns to support harassed activists.