Kremlin pushes harder against Russian civil society

On Christmas Day, it was announced that the Russian government had issued an order to block the website of Russian NGO OVD-Info. OVD-Info is a renowned organisation in the Russian civil society, mainly focusing on following and monitoring persecution of anti-Kremlin protesters.

After being declared as a foreign agent in September of 2021, the organisation has experienced continuous pressure and resistance from the Russian authorities. The founder of the organisation said in a statement shortly after the website was blocked, that this was the result “of the pressure campaign against independent organizations and media.”

The action has not yet been condemned by the European Union, nor the United States.