Russia has been censured by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for failing to provide legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples. In a Grand Chamber judgment handed down yesterday, the court held by a 14–3 majority that Russia had violated Article 8 of the European Conv
Russia and Belarus have been removed from the list of countries whose nationals can avail of the short-stay visa waiver programme to travel to Ireland. The programme allows nationals of certain countries who have entered the UK on foot of certain UK short-stay visas to travel to Ireland without need
Russia is to make LGBT advocacy a criminal offence in an effort to fight western "decadence". There will be heavy fines for anyone spreading LGBT "propaganda", including “non-traditional relationships”.
Russia has officially ceased to be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In a statement, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) said Russia formally ceased to be a party to the ECHR on Friday 16 September 2022 following its expulsion from the Council of Europe in March.
A Moscow court has sentenced an opposition councillor and lawyer to seven years' imprisonment for criticising Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in what is the first sentence to be given for such offences. Alexei Gorinov, a deputy at Moscow’s Krasnoselsky district council, was arrested in April and
The Russian state likely assassinated rogue spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled. In the case of Carter v Russia, the court held that there had been: unanimously, a failure by the Russian government to comply with their obligations under Ar
Adoptions from Russia accounted for the largest proportion of all intercountry adoptions into Ireland between 1991 and 2019, a new report on the practice shows. The Board of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the authority’s research advisory committee has published the second in a series o
New counter-espionage legislation to boost MI5 powers and create a new register of foreign agents is reportedly set to be introduced in the UK following the Russia report. The report from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC), published yesterday, suggested that the intelligenc
British lawyers are among professionals who have functioned as "enablers" for the extension of Russian influence in the UK, according to a long-awaited report from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC). The committee drew up the report on Russia last year under the chairmanship
Three people have been arrested in Russia's autonomous region of Chechnya on suspicion of "practising sorcery", according to local media reports. In a broadcast on Grozny TV, a local station run by Chechen authorities, two women and one man are accused of "selling their souls to the Devil" by Adam E