18, 17 and 13 years for discussing faith and Russian persecution, 12 January 2021

Crimean Tatars targeted in Military Court ruling. A Russian court has sentenced three Crimean Tatars, including a father and son,  to horrific terms of imprisonment without any crime, on the basis of discussions about their Muslim faith and political subjects, including Russia’s persecution of  Muslims.  This was claimed to have been “anti-Russian” and "anti-constitutional".   … Continue reading 18, 17 and 13 years for discussing faith and Russian persecution, 12 January 2021

Repressive Measures against the Helsinki Groups: Georgia, 1977-1978 (48.4)

<<No 48 : 14 March 1978>> The Case of Gamsakhurdia, Kostava and Rtskhiladze. On 25 January 1978, Victor RTSKHILADZE was re-arrested. He had been arrested in April 1977 together with Zviad GAMSAKHURDIA and Merab KOSTAVA but was released him four days later after signing an undertaking not to leave Tbilisi (CCE 45). The KGB is … Continue reading Repressive Measures against the Helsinki Groups: Georgia, 1977-1978 (48.4)

Repressive Measures against the Helsinki Groups: Armenia, 1977-1978 (48.5)

<<No 48 : 14 March 1978>> The morning of 22 December 1977 saw the start of a major operation against the Armenian Helsinki Group. Group members Robert NAZARYAN, a deacon of the [Armenian Apostolic] church, and Shagen ARUTYUNYAN, a manual worker, were arrested and there were a number of simultaneous searches. The search warrants, issued … Continue reading Repressive Measures against the Helsinki Groups: Armenia, 1977-1978 (48.5)

Repressive measures against the Helsinki Groups: Lithuania, 1977-1978 (48.3)

<<No 48 : 14 March 1978>> The Case of Viktoras Petkus. On 23 August 1977, the day of Viktoras Petkus’s arrest, a search was carried out at the home of Birute Pasiliene, who lives near Klaipeda (CCE 47.5), in addition to the searches reported in CCE 47.5. The warrant for the search, as for the … Continue reading Repressive measures against the Helsinki Groups: Lithuania, 1977-1978 (48.3)

Repressive measures against the Helsinki Groups: Ukraine, 1977-1978 (48.3)

<<No 48 : 14 March 1978>> Pressure on Mykola Rudenko. Mykola Rudenko [head of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group] was sent to a camp only in November 1977, two months after his appeal hearing (for his trial, see CCE 46.4). All that time the authorities continued to exert pressure on him (see CCE 47). On 14 … Continue reading Repressive measures against the Helsinki Groups: Ukraine, 1977-1978 (48.3)

Repressive measures against the Helsinki Groups: Moscow, 1977-1978 (48.2)

<<No 48 : 14 March 1978>> In November 1977 nine months had passed since the day that Alexander Ginzburg and Yury Orlov were arrested; December 1977 marked nine months since the arrest of Anatoly Shcharansky (CCE 44.2). For all three men, therefore, the maximum period of detention in custody during the investigation of a case … Continue reading Repressive measures against the Helsinki Groups: Moscow, 1977-1978 (48.2)

The Expulsion of P.G. Grigorenko, 13 February 1978 (48.1)

<<No 48 : 14 March 1978>> Pyotr Grigorevich GRIGORENKO has been deceitfully expelled from the USSR. On 10 March 1978, Soviet subscribers received issue No 8 of the Gazette of the USSR Supreme Soviet (22 February 1978). There they learned that on 13 February the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet had stripped Pyotr Grigorevich … Continue reading The Expulsion of P.G. Grigorenko, 13 February 1978 (48.1)

Valentyn Moroz Continues his Hunger Strike, December 1974 (33.9)

Valentyn Moroz is continuing the hunger strike he began on 1 July (CCE 32.12). Valentin Yakovlevich MOROZ was born on 15 April 1936. In 1958 he graduated from the History Faculty of Lvov University. From 1958 to 1964, V. Moroz taught history at a school. In September 1964 he became a lecturer at the Ivano-Frankovsk … Continue reading Valentyn Moroz Continues his Hunger Strike, December 1974 (33.9)

In the Psychiatric Hospitals, August 1976 (41.7)

Chernyakhovsk Special Psychiatric Hospital [Kaliningrad Region]. Kubyshkin is a worker from near Moscow, just over 50 years old. Previously he was charged under Article 70 of the RSFSR Criminal Code for “conversations”, declared mentally incompetent and sent to the Leningrad Special Psychiatric Hospital. Now he has once again been “excused punishment” and this time sent … Continue reading In the Psychiatric Hospitals, August 1976 (41.7)

A List of Political Prisoners, August 1977 (46.23)

The Russian Relief Fund for Political Prisoners (CCE 44.3) here gives the names of political prisoners and exiles known to it in mid-August 1977 [N.B. This excludes those in psychiatric hospitals and almost all religious prisoners are omitted. For more details on those listed see recent issues of the Chronicle, especially CCE 33.] see Political … Continue reading A List of Political Prisoners, August 1977 (46.23)

The Trial of Alexander Podrabinek, 15 August 1978 (50.7)

This section has been compiled largely from the Information Bulletin of the Working Commission to Investigate the Use of Psychiatry for Political Purposes, Nos. 9 (9 June 1978), 10 (10 August) and 11, a special edition about the trial.[1] Arrest and Investigation Alexander Podrabinek was arrested at the flat of some friends on 14 May … Continue reading The Trial of Alexander Podrabinek, 15 August 1978 (50.7)

The Trial of Vyacheslav Bakhmin, 22-24 September 1980 (58.2)

<<No 58 : November 1980>> From 22 to 24 September the Moscow City Court, presided over by N.A. Baikova, heard the case of Vyacheslav Ivanovich BAKHMIN, a member of the Working Commission to Investigate the Use of Psychiatry for Political Purposes. Bakhmin (b. 1947; arrested on 12 February 1980, CCE 56.4) was charged under Article … Continue reading The Trial of Vyacheslav Bakhmin, 22-24 September 1980 (58.2)

Dates of Trials, June-October 1980 (58.0)

<<No 58 : November 1980>>  JUNE 2Abram Treskunov (Leningrad)    AUGUST 5-8 Bishop V.P. Goretoi (Krasnodar) 8-11 Algirdas Statkevicius (Vilnius) 11-13 Vasily Barladyanu (Rovno) 13 Razmik Markosyan (Tselinograd [Astana]) 25-28 Father Gleb Yakunin 26 Olga Matusevich (Ukraine) 27-29 Tatyana Velikanova    SEPTEMBER 3-7 Alexander Ogorodnikov 8 Alexander Kuzkin 15-19 Antanas Terleckas and Julius Sasnauskas (Vilnius) 16-18 Iosif … Continue reading Dates of Trials, June-October 1980 (58.0)