Humans Rights First:
End Harassment of Human Rights Defenders in Russia
On August 29, 2007, police raided the office of the Nizhny Novgorod Foundation to Promote Tolerance, the successor to the Russian Chechen Friendship Society, with an order to seize the organization’s computers to investigate alleged “computer related crimes.” The police also said that they were carrying out an investigation into the organization’s finances.
The raid has resulted in further disruption of the legitimate activities of a non-violent independent human rights organization that has now been the target of sustained repression for over two years. It follows in quick succession the further restrictions imposed on the organization’s director, Stanislav Dmitrievsky on August 17, 2007.