Kyrgyzstan: Arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Mr Farhodhon Muhtarov

Mr. Almazbek Atambayev, House of Government, Kyrgyzstan Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I came to know about the situation from Front Line Defenders. On 14 September 2012, human rights defender Mr Farhodhon Muhtarov was arrested and ill-treated by police in the city of Bishkek. He was detained in [...]

Azerbaijan: Sentencing of human rights defender Mr Ilham Amiraslanov to two years imprisonment

President Ilham Aliyev, Office of the President, Azerbaijan Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I am came to know about the situaiton from Front Line Defenders. On 12 September 2012, human rights defender Mr Ilham Amiraslanov was sentenced to two years imprisonment by Sabirabad District Court. Ilham Amiraslanov is [...]

Moldova / Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic: Judicial harassment of human rights defender Mr Stepan Popovskij

President Evgeny Shevtchuk, City of Tiraspol, Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I came to know about the situation from Front Line Defenders. On 6 September 2012, Mr Stepan Popovskij, Chairperson of the Republican Social Movement for the Protection of Property and Social Rights of Peasants [...]

Orthodoxy’s Young Street Fighting Men?

Just when you thought Pussy Riot would fade into the media ether (Gazeta.ru removed its “Pussy Riot Affair” link from its main page, after all.), the rage continues–from all sides.  And now there’s plans to form a new Orthodox youth organization. Will it help swell the ranks of the street fighting faithful. Initial signs appear [...]

On Shattered Selves and Young Communists

My article, “The Shattered Self of Komsomol Civil War Memoirs,” has come out in the Fall 2012 issues of the Slavic Review. You can download it here (PDF).  Here are the opening paragraphs: Komsomol literature in the 1920s repeatedly evoked the memory of the civil war as a means to inspire young communists to sacrifice themselves [...]

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