SOVA Center for Information and Analysis
SOVA Center for Information and Analysis is a Moscow-based Russian nonprofit organization founded in October 2002.
SOVA Center conducts research and informational work on nationalism and racism, relations between the churches and secular society, and political radicalism. We are also interested in human rights issues, especially government misuse of counter-extremism measures.
It seems that Maxim Martsinkevich, better known as Tesak (meaning “backsword”, sometimes translated as "Slasher"), may soon face a third conviction by the Russian courts. The 29-year-old nationalist, under arrest since late January, has a long history of using the Internet as a tool for inciting to ethnic and social hatred.10.04.2014 - 14:42
The following is our monthly review of instances of xenophobia and radical nationalism, along with any government coordination or countermeasures, for the month of March 2014. The review is based on material gathered by Sova Center in the course of our daily monitoring.07.04.2014 - 18:27
The Ultra-Right Shrugged: Xenophobia and Radical Nationalism in Russia, and Efforts to Counteract Them in 2013
This report by Natalia Yudina and Vera Alperovich is an analytic review of radical nationalism and counteraction to it based on the SOVA's monitoring conducted in 2013.31.03.2014
The following is our review of the primary and most representative events relating to misuse of Russia’s anti-extremist legislation in March 2014.09.04.2014 - 19:26
The following is our review of the primary and most representative events relating to misuse of Russia’s anti-extremist legislation in February 2014.20.03.2014 - 19:51
Ilkhom Merazhov and Kamil Odilov have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.17.02.2014 - 16:04
Russian government approves draft amendment “On Freedom of Conscience”, easing registration for religious organizations
On March 20th, 2014, the Russian government confirmed a bill “On amending Federal Law ‘On freedom of conscience and religious associations’ and abrogating provisions of certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation”, and made the decision to submit the bill to the Duma. The change primarily drops the requirement to confirm that a religious group has existed for at least 15 years in order to be registered as a religious organization.14.04.2014 - 14:40
On December 23, 2013, Tatarstan’s procurator admitted that torture had been used, after reviewing a complaint about Nizhnekamsk’s police activities from the wife of one the prisoners held on charge of setting fire to a church.04.02.2014 - 17:43
On January 9th, 2014 one of the suspects believed to be involved in the arson of a church, Rafael Zarilov, was indicted on five counts. He was indicted under article 205 (terrorist act), 222 (unlawful purchase, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, their main parts, ammunition, explosives, and explosive devices), and 223 (unlawful manufacture of weapons) of the Russian Criminal Code.04.02.2014 - 17:34