TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF THE LAST WEEK
Kremlin continues to increase political pressure within the country. Information censorship is taking place by blocking the websites of human rights organizations, strengthening control over opposition figures and representatives of civil society, and conducting "military training" for the population. These actions are typical tools of totalitarian regimes aimed at suppressing dissent within the country. To intimidate Western partners, the Kremlin has denounced the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which indicates the continuation of aggressive foreign policy towards its neighbours.
Several Internet resources have been blocked in Russia, including the human rights organization ‘Human Rights Without Frontiers’ website and an online article on of the largest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The blocked Russian-language article addressed the tragedy in Bucha and the killing of civilians.
The Ministry of Justice included eight people in the list of "foreign agents". The lawyer and political scientist Vladimir Pastukhov, Navalny's associates Georgiy Alburov and Maria Pevchikh, singer and deputy of the VI State Duma Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs are among them. Political scientist and analyst Yan Matveyev, politician Alexander Osovtsov, political scientist Ivan Preobrazhensky, and Elena Agafonova are also in the list of foreign agents.
Russia denounces the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Vladimir Putin has appointed Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov as his official representative on the issue of denouncing the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty).
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree calling reservists to participate in military training in 2023. Reservists are being called up for training in the Armed Forces, National Guard, State Security Services, and Federal Security Service. The number of people to be called up for military training is not specified.