21.09.2007 The international day of peace
On September, 21 – the international day of peace. We, participants of the international movement «Youth choose for peace», we think that peace all over the world can be reached. On the Earth is accumulated so much the nuclear weapon which is capable to destroy all of us several times. We address to the chapters of the states having the nuclear weapon, with the requirement to unit effort for it full recycling and the termination of development in military area, prohibitions of creation of the new weapon.
07.09.2007 Help Ilot!
Youth Human Rights Groups has addressed in the Russian embassy in Congo with the request to give out the visa to our colleague on the international movement "Youth choose for peace" Ilot Mutaka. Recently in his village war began, and it has been compelled to run to Uganda where has received wound in a hand. Besides Ilot knows nothing about destiny of the family. YHRG has offered Ilot and to his relatives shelter in Russia. We have written to president Putin the letter with the request to give the plane for transportation of Congo`s refugees into Russia.
06.09.2007 War in Kongo
Our friend Ilot from Congo is a victim of war. Read his e-mail.
"Dear brothers and sisters! I inform you that i arrived in rutshuru my village on thursday 29 unfortunately that day the war began and at omce i moved to uganda where i am staying as refugee. I do not have any news about my mother and the rest of the femily.The life here is very harsh and i do not have hope to the future beause i don't know what will be tomorrow. I need your prayers.For more informations about Rutshuru visit: www.radiookapi.net. Your friend ILOT"
29.08.2007 Mother Country Devours Her Children
An open letter to Defense Minister of Russian Federation is connected with Sergei Sinkonen`s murder in army.
25.08.2007 Romany in Karelia
Watch movie made by Youth Human Rights Group about Romany in Karelia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0VvhCsA5do
21.08.2007 IN THIS PLACE ON THE PLANET A FELT WHAT A REAL, DESIRED PEACE IS
Exchange has such a great importance in our life! Including the exchange of thoughts, experience, ideas, knowledge, culture exchange, and finally, youth exchange! It is the hope that every new generation will bring continued evolution and change the world order for the better. These youth exchanges help us to learn more about others and yourself. The atmosphere in the village was friendly and full of fun. For me, the youth from various countries were an example of ideal world model, the world that has no borders, armies and governments. That was a united world model. We lived apart, being a state within a state. Or more precisely, being a noosphere without rulers.
In Mesen, I experienced a deep admiration for a starry sky. The stars drew me towards them, away from the earth and its everyday violence and irretrievable conflicts. Their unearthy beauty streamed into my soul, pacifying and exalting it. In this place on the planet, I felt what a real, desired peace is. That was a great enlightenment.
European experience is extremely important for the Russian youth. A European won’t put up with stupid inconveniences, he/ she will complain immediately and will strive for the problems to be solved. The relations between people are based on the principle of unity and autonomy. I am a person, as well as a member of society. The sound collectivism genius reigns here. The principle of complete openness is maintained here! The European tell what they think, freely explain what they don’t agree with and make authorities hear their demands.
There were plenty of result by the end of the meeting, but the main result is that all the participants decided “No” to the armed conflicts, racism, xenophobia, human rights violations.
leader of the Karelian branch of “Youth Human Rights Group”
19.08.2007 Jewish cemetery
Active workers of "Youth Human rights Groups" together with representatives of the Jewish community have painted over anti-Semitic inscriptions and swastika on an arch of a city Jewish cemetery of Petrozavodsk. "Cemeteries, care of tombs - a part of culture of any people. Acts of vandalism on cemeteries, their destruction is a challenge to culture. Someone in Petrozavodsk persistently shows, that Jews do not have a place in their society, in their mind", - Maxim Efimov speaks, the participant of the action, chairman of YHRG. According to the press-service of the Department of Internal Affairs of Petrozavodsk only for last three months by Office of Public Prosecutor of city it has been raised three criminals has put on the fact of defilement of the Jewish cemetery.
With acts of vandalism in Russia you will surprise nobody. People live this environment, it create. However that active workers of the “Youth human rights group” in the Karelian city of Sortavala amazes. The old Finnish cemetery (before war Sortavala was the Finnish city) is profaned repeatedly and monstrous image. “Ornamented” by a swastika and offensive inscriptions of a gravestone, many of which are broken and fallen down and there is a Finnish cemetery today. It is transformed into a dump. Everywhere the household dust, beer and vodka bottles here lays. Unique in Karelia unique for region the family crypt ostensibly protected by the state, is in a stage of active destruction. The attitude of the Karelian citizens and to city as a whole and to the Finnish cemetery in particular reminds the Karelian authority the attitude of invaders to the grasped territory.
18.07.2007 The Near-East is near my heart
The leader of the Youth Human Rights Group Maxim Efimov was a participant of Sefer summer school in Moscow (11 - 17 July). "The most valuable for me in such schools is an acquaintance to teachers which bear in itself a chasm of knowledge. For a long time i have the greatest respect for knowledge and the learning, the written word. Such respect was peculiar to all Near-Eastern civilization, in fact to be engaged in a science most difficultly! I love the Near East - a cradle of mankind, an inexhaustible source of knowledge and wisdom", - said Maxim Efimov.
29.06.2007 Golden youth
The head of the Youth Human Rights Group Maxim Efimov is going to the Belgium – world diamond capital and the capital of youth peacemaking initiatives to take part in preparation of the summer exchange in partnership with Pax Christi Flanders (U Move 4 Peace) (Belgium), Youth art center Grozny (Russia), Con-Young-tion (The Netherlands), Perex-C (RD Congo), Centre Jeunes Kamenge (Burundi), Baladna Youth (Israel), Reut Sadaka (Israel).
23.06.2007 HASTINGS AND CARDIN EXPRESS SERIOUS CONCERN WITH PUTIN’S LIMIT OF MEDIA FREEDOMS IN RUSSIA
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), sent the following letter to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, raising serious concerns about state efforts to limit media freedom in Russia. The letter sites professional and legal dangers associated with Russia’s media industry and the failure of the Putin government to allow the news to be reported accurately. According to independent news reports, 13 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000 and only three individuals have faced charges in connection with these killings, where no convictions have been made.
20.06.2007 International Refugee Day
More than 8.800 dead refugees at Europe?s border: death by policy. On the 20th of June, UNITED for Intercultural Action - the largest pan European network against racism, fascism, nationalism and in support of refugees and migrants celebrates the International Refugee Day, along with its over 550 supporting organisations all over Europe, by denouncing the deadly consequences of "Fortress Europe". Also in 2007, UNITED as a network gets active coordinating and supporting all the organisations which, all over Europe, are raising awareness about the ongoing tragedy at European borders.
17.05.2007 Sexual orientation is not a choice
Is homosexuality a question of nature or nurture? Are we born with our sexual orientation or do we become gay, lesbian, bisexual depending on our experiences, on education or influences? Several researchers have tried to find an explanation for homosexuality. For example, numerous studies have been conducted on this subject. Different theories have been put forward although there’s no general opinion. Regardless of such theories, we say for sure there is agreement on the facts that people cannot choose their sexual orientation.
29.04.2007 The Great and the Miserable
The death of B.N. Yeltsin was a pain to my heart. He was an oxymoron person, built of the opposites. My first article about him in January 1992 was entitled “Boris Yeltsin. An Antinomy Portrait”. My attitude towards him was also antinomical, a combination of admiration and despise, sympathy and antipathy.
27.04.2007 Mstislav Rostropovich’s death
The sad news about Mstislav Rostropovich’s death brought tears to many eyes. The connection with great people of the XX century has been ripped off with his departure. He was the last of the Mohicans of the XX century, a symbol of hope, humanity, and geniality that has been with us despite of distance and borders. He has never compromised in music, friendship, and love. We will not forget the voice of his cello and the compassion of his heart.
21.04.2007 Shalom! - Hola!
I am glad to tell you that during my visit to Madrid, Spain, on 10-16 April I had the opportunity to be hosted by and to meet the members of local Jewish community.
05.04.2007 "UNITED against Intolerance"
The leader of the YHRG Maxim Efimov is a delegate to the UNITED conference "UNITED against Intolerance" in Madrid (E)10-15 April 2007, Madrid (E). He w
16.03.2007 Maxim Efimov is visiting a museum of Holocaust in Jerusalem
The chairman of the "Youth human rights group" Maxim Efimov is invited to Israel by the Moscow center "Holocaust" and the Israelitic institute "Yad Vashem" for training in "Yad Vashem" 18 - 30 March, 2007 Is planned to make a film about this trip which will be shown to the Karelian schoolboys. "Yad Vashem" ("eternal memory") - the national memorial opened in 1953 as a token of eternal grief. It immortalizes memory of 6 million the Jews who have lost in the Second world war ".
04.02.2007 Open statement by the RCFS on the decision taken by the Russian Supreme Court to liquidate it
On 23 January 2007 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the decision of the Regional Court of the Russian Federation to liquidate our organization, the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society.
27.01.2007 We remember!
The Day of Remembrance for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and heroes of the Resistance!
21.12.2006 Roma people were beaten of militia!
Today a chair of the local Roma community Olga Martynova appealed to the “Youth Human Rights Group”. She told us about an incident took place in Petrozavodsk at 17 of December. At 4 o`clock p.m. Roma people began to celebrate their holiday. After two hours their neighbour, former militiaman, sprayed a tear-gas in a room where were Roma. Everybody should leave the room. As a result of gas effect 6-years old child suffered seriously. Roma tried to call to militia, but militia refused to come. Former militiaman used his connections in militia called his colleagues. They came immediately. Militiamen started to beat Roma unmercifully, to beat them on the heads with a butt, to drag along the ground and to outrage Roma people. In numbers of victims men and women – disabled persons and persons with heart diseases. Some of them witnessed the beatings and lodged a complaint to the prosecutor for human rights defense. Roma people were revolted of militia violence. They doubt of the objectivity and the justice of an investigation, so long as such cruel things took place with this minority group, but a lot of complaints remained without any attention. We appeal to the new minister of internal affairs Aljoshin with the request to investigate this incident and to prevent such things in the future.
16.11.2006 Ability to accept differences
The 16th of November is the international Day of Tolerance. On this day «Youth Human Right Group (YHRG)» will conduct topical discussions at schools of Petrozavodsk on the theme: «Tolerance. What is it about?».
09.11.2006 Who, if not we? Where, if not here? When, if not now?
The 9th of November is the international day against fascism and anti-Semitism. On this day, on the previous and on the following days YHRG usually conducts lections, seminars on the theme «Lessons of Holocaust is the Way to Tolerance and Civil Activity».
08.11.2006 Stop Fascism!
9 November - International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism. Activists in 41 European countries protest against fascism and antisemitism and commemorate the 'Kristallnacht'-pogroms.
04.11.2006 Call for support against extreme-right and neo-fascist manifestations in Russia
On the Nov.4 in Moscow and in several other Russian towns massive demonstrations are planned by extreme right and neo-fascist groups under the slogans against illegal immigration and struggle for "the rights of native population".
20.10.2006 We are against slavery and manslaughter
Open letter to the President of Finland Mrs Tarja Halonen
10.10.2006 Investigaive Journalist Anna Politkovskaya Murdered
HELSINKI COMMISSIONERS EXPRESS SORROW AND OUTRAGE AT THE MURDER OF PROMINENT RUSSIAN JOURNALIST
01.08.2006 The flag of the “Youth Human Rights Group”
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” now has an own flag. Except heraldic signs another spread sign language is promissory notes or simply flags.
30.07.2006 “Motherland devours her children”
In connection with this tragic case and thousands similar cases Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” addresses an open letter to the deputies of the State Duma, members of the public chamber and personally to the President with a petition to make 8th of June the black day of the Russian calendar, the day of the yearly mourning, name it “The Day of Bullying”.
29.07.2006 A good chance for youth to earn some money
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” invites karelian young people to go to the Pryazhenskii district to pick up berries and mushrooms. It is a good chance to earn some money in the last days of summer vacation, to help parents and yourselves enrich family budget. Dwelling in Kolatsel’ga village. The three-time nourishment. The dwelling and nourishment cost is 150 rubles per day. It will be deducted from the gain and will not be more than 30% of it. There will be reading & literature and discussions on human rights in the spare time. Those who wish are waited on organizational meeting that will take place on Friday, 4th of august at 12 o’clock in the Kirova street, 57.
27.07.2006 HUMAN RIGHTS AND U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
The hearing will examine ways the U.S. Government can live up to its commitment to promote human rights and democratic governance in Russia while preserving a relationship with Moscow that advances U.S. interests and is conducive to resolving issues of importance to both nations and the international community.
21.07.2006 Tortures in Karelian prisons!
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” sharply condemns putting Karelian prisons’ convicts to tortures. Soviet’s punitive practice of maximum punishment for prisoner instead of his correction must be eliminated. Tripped up person who is kept in inhuman conditions turns into a beast.
20.07.2006 The post of ombudsman in Karelia stays vacant
From the recent times the post of ombudsman in Karelia stays vacant despite the fact that control over observance of human rights in any of open societies is one of priority work directions for civil society and government.
01.07.2006 A summer school in Dnepropetrovsk
The leader of Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” Maxim Efimov is going to take part in a summer school in Dnepropetrovsk (from 3 to 9 of July), that is a large city with the Jewish pales earlier called Ekaterinoslav. The school is thematic and implies a weekly educational program about history, culture and art of East European Jews. The school has been organized by “Sepher” center jointly with the East-Ukraine Branch of the Solomonov International University in Khar’kov.
13.06.2006 Soaring in the “Creative flight”
From 19 to 23 of June on the base of the secondary school ?7 in Petrozavodsk the “Youth Human Rights Group” arranges a summer school for teenagers from Solomennoe micro district.
During 5 days students of 8,9,10 classes will take part in role games, collective creative activity, trainings, watching and discussing movies, discussions, sport games, creative contests, project creation, holding thematic conversation lessons.
11.06.2006 Our new DVD-discs
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” in the context of the project about preventive measures against xenophobe, anti-Semitism, nationalism and with the purpose of tolerance education of the youth is realizing two DVD-discs
10.06.2006 the INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE DAY
On the 20 of June - the INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE DAY - UNITED for Intercultural Action (the largest pan-European network against racism, fascism, nationalism and in support of refugees and migrants) with its over 550 supporting organisations all over Europe, raises its voice against the deadly consequences of 'Fortress Europe' by co-ordinating and supporting all organisations active in the name and for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.
05.06.2006 For rights of Lesbians, gays, AC-DC and transsexuals
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” addresses to the President of the Russian Federation V.Putin an open letter in which we condemn a flash of violence and dispersal of the orderly demonstration for rights of Lesbians, gays, AC-DC and transsexuals that took place in Moscow on the 27th of May.
30.05.2006 judge’s intellect
Not long ago the city court of Karelian republic in Petrozavodsk made a decision in favour of M.Efimov and D.Loschinin who had taken part in the action for revocation of calling-up, resignation of the Minister of Defense S.Ivanov and struggle against crimes in the army.
26.05.2006 Stop alcoholization and smoking.
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” appeals to Karelian youth for complete rejection of smoking and drinking alcohol including beer.
25.05.2006 Against murders in Army
In the course of the action for resignation of the Minister of Defense S.Ivanov that had taken place in Petrozavodsk there have been collected more than two thousands signatures that had been sent to the Kremlin.
24.05.2006 “The Koran and Tolerance” and “Solving Social Problems in the Light of Islamic Beliefs”
The Karelian branch of the YHRG together with the KRPO Islamic Education and Spiritual Management of Karelian Muslims invite everyone to the presentation of DVD-disk with records of speeches by Visam Ali Bardvilla, Karelian mufti devoted to the issues “The Koran and Tolerance” and “Solving Social Problems in the Light of Islamic Beliefs”.
22.05.2006 Graduated fighter against xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
On the 14th of May in the conference hall of “Kosmos” hotel in Moscow took place a presentation of the awards to the winners of the regional press contest “Without discord and enmity”. The nomination “Against xenophobia and anti-Semitism” was won by the leader of the “Youth Human Rights Group”, the editor-in-chief of the youth anti-fascist newspaper in Karelia Maxim Efimov. He received a diploma from plenipotentiary of human rights in the Russian Federation V.P.Lykin signed by V.P.Lykin, the chairman of “Moscow Helsinki group” L.M.Alekseeva and the editor-in-chief of the “Journalism and media-market” magazine D.S.Avraamov. Maxim Efimov also receives a testimonial at the rate of 15 000 rubles. This money will be spent on the current activity of the organization.
21.05.2006 Pressure the soldier
Less than a month remains until demobilization of our countryman who is serving in Dagestan, Evgenii Simonov who announced about bullying in his unit last year in July. Since then lasts investigation of criminal cases and legal proceedings according to the cases of assault, humiliation, threatening E.Simonov by his colleagues and inactivity of unit’s commanders.
19.05.2006 Statement of the “Youth Human Rights Group” against police ineffective Russian state and structuring of vertical power!
We protest against political structure of our state as we consider it ineffective, unprofitable and anti-national. Tenacity of exaggerated bureaucracy, corruption, that has stricken all levels of the system, and monopoly to power make us appeal to people to regain consciousness, look with open eyes at the existent horror and say firm “NO” to the total system of police state.
17.05.2006 “Interethnic relations in Karelia and Russia”
On the 19th of May at 4 o’clock p.m. in the Republic center of national cultures (Lenina avenue, 2) Karelian department of the “Youth remedial group” jointly with Jewish and Moslem communes, KROO “Islam enlightenment” is holding a round-table discussion on topic: “Interethnic relations in Karelia and Russia”.
10.05.2006 We strongly demands on banning any advertisement of cigarettes and alcohol!
The open letter to the major of Petrozavodsk V.N. Maslyakov.
07.05.2006 Democracy-whose choice?
In April when the leader of “The youth human rights group” Maxim Efimov came to our school ?9 to tell us about nationalism problems in Russia, I came across a small book quite by chance. (“Democracy- my choice”). This book is a collection of articles, different points of view about democracy in Russia.
05.05.2006 Traffic in Petrozavodsk
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” is indignant at the decision of the “Trolleybus administration” about cutting down duration of trolleybuses’ traffic in Petrozavodsk.
07.04.2006 Putin Must Influence the Deputies
On 7 April signatures against abolishing deferments of military service were gathered in Petrozavodsk. This action was initiated by The Youth Human Rights Group. They have managed to gather approximately one thousand signatures that will be sent to Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.
02.04.2006 “Novgorod the Great and Russian North”
Karelian department of the “Youth Human Rights Group” has issued a book of the best friend of Karelian democratic youth, Doctor of philosophical Science, honored worker of science in the Russian Federation, poet Yuri Vladimirovich Linnik “Novgorod the Great and Russian North”.
01.04.2006 More than 2 thousand signatures
During the action for S. Ivanov, the Russian Minister of Defense resignation, held in Petrozavodsk, we managed to collect more than 2 thousand signatures, which were later sent to the Kremlin. The signed up are the people of different religious and political beliefs, students, teachers, pupils, doctors, public men, military people.
20.02.2006 The memory and the future
In April 2005 the Fund “The memory and the future”(FRG) supported a project of the Karelian branch of “Youth human rights group” (YHRG)- “regulation of democratic educational work and work with the Karelian youth” that is supposed to serve for understanding between nations, assistance in social justice, and reminding of the danger of totalitarian systems and tyranny. 5000 euros was singled out for these aims.
05.12.2005 Opinion poll: Who if not we?
On the Eve of the Day of human rights - on the 10th of December activists of Karelian branch of Youth Human Rights Group held an opinion poll. 150 people of different social backgrounds and of different age took part in it. They answered questions on the theme “Do we know our rights?” The aim of the poll was to find out citizens’ points of view about the questions that are linked to the problem of human rights violation, assessing the level of the knowledge of the theme.
10.11.2005 6 258 673: Crystal lives (action devoted to the Holocaust victims)
On the 9th of November, 2005 the central part of Petrozavodsk was agitated by the action, that was held by Karelian branch of “Youth Human Rights Group”. Participants, with photos of famous Jews (I. Levitan, I. Brodskiy, S. Marshak, F. Mendelson) on their backs, gathered together on the Student Avenue with the slogan “No racism in Karelia”.
09.11.2005 Action in Petrozavodsk against fascism, racism and anti-Semitism
The Karelian branch of the Youth Human Right Group and The Youth Antifascism Center (YAC) organized the action against “everyday racism” on the 9th of November. The action was timed to the International Day Against Fascism, Racism and Anti-Semitism. The main object of the action was to attract attention of the townspeople to such dangerous problem as the problem of dissemination of the Fascism Ideology all over the World, and particularly in Russia. The Youth Human Right Group decided to remonstrance against this terrible trend. They wanted to make an appeal to society to be more tolerant and solidarity.
20.09.2005 A decision of the public prosecutor is not a law: the mariner who informed us about non-authorized treatment towards him is still not sent to another military unit, where we could not guarantee his safety either.
Situation with the criminal case of Eugeny Simonov is getting more serious. Unfortunately, the visit of the two representatives of the mayoralty has not improved (more likely, the other way around, has worsened) life of the soldier who dared to promulgate the facts of not authorized behavior in the military unit 2372, Kaspyisk city and who decided to confront the criminal military system alone.
30.08.2005 New details of the action of the “Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG)” “Save the soldier from torture”
There are some improvements in the action of proceeding of beating Simonov E., the soldier recruited from Karelia. On the 15th of August Military Office of Public Prosecutor of the boundary body and the boundary troops of FSB in Dagestan republic making investigation has proved the fact of not following the military regulations in the commandant’s company of the military unit 2372.
21.08.2005 The appeal to Mr. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, with the request to save the soldier from tortures.
Realizing the all-Russia action “Save the soldier from tortures” Karelian Department of the “Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG)” invokes all the citizens to send their letters with the demand of immediate cessation of the tortures and an urgent investigation into the facts of not following the military regulations in cases of treatment to Eugeniy Vladimirovich Simonov in the commandant’s company of the military unit 2372, Kaspiysk city on the name of the president of the Russian Federation and the Chief Military Office of Public Prosecutor of RF.
20.08.2005 “Youth Human Rights Group” fears for the life of the soldier.
Despite of starting a criminal case and recognition of the fact of not authorized behavior in the commandant’s company of the military unit 2372, where our fellow countryman Simonov E., who has became a victim of not authorized behavior, serves, The Karelian Regional Department of the “Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG) expresses fear for the life of the soldier. The matter is that Simonov is still staying with those who beat and scoffed at him.
15.08.2005 A New Vietnam Victim of Petersburg Skinheads
The northern capital witnessed a new great murder. Last Wednesday night a 20-year-old Vietnamese was beaten to death by a teenage gang in Petrogradsky district. It happened between 10 and 11 PM in the public garden in the junction of ulitsa Rentgena and Ploschad Lva Tolstogo. A gang of about 16-18 teenagers clothed in black violently assaulted the young man. They beat him and stabbed him with knives causing him to die on the spot. Yesterday at about 9 AM police officers apprehended 15 teenagers whose guilt is now being investigated. The police say the main challenge now is to identify the range of people who could be at the scene of the murder or in immediate proximity when the crime was committed.
11.08.2005 The Brownshirts Unite
Moscow Human Rights Bureau has sent letters to the Ministry of Justice of Russian Federation concerning the fifth congress of National-Imperial Party of Russia, which was denied legitimate registration in 2003, taking place in Moscow, where xenophobic and nationalist rhetoric was once again to be heard. Radical nationalists from abroad also participated in the congress.
10.08.2005 The action in August 2005 "Save the soldier from torture"
The action in August 2005 "Save the soldier from torture" Karelian Regional Department of the "Youth Human Rights Group" declares an urgent action to save the soldier of the regular military service who suffers torture, assault and humiliation in Dagestan in the military unit number 2372. The commander forbids the soldier to see his mother. The soldier has been punished with the second day of an order because an attendant lacked a candy.
29.07.2005 NIPR welcomes an American racist
The cooperation of Russian and foreign national extremists, which had seemingly died down in the late 1990-s is being revived in last years. From Russian side it is initiated by the National imperial party, which had been denied registration in Russian Ministry of Justice, and particularly the party’s leaders A. Sevostianov and S. Terekhov. Not being content with their contacts with German neo-nazi, they are trying to find allies among the USA racists. In this connection we come across the figure of David Duke.
28.07.2005 Let’s clean Petrozavodsk off xenophobic graffiti
On the 28th of July the activists of the Karelian Department of the “Youth Human Right Group” (YHRG) tackled to painting over the xenophobic inscriptions which caused any sane person to protest and do something over disappearing of the graffiti. It were anti-Semitist and nationalistic inscriptions witch appear again and again. “Our Jewish Community wants to thank your organization and personally you, Maxim. It is very important for us that the problem is being solved not only by The Community but also you. Actually, as J.P. Sartre said: “Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem but a problem of ours”. – commented D. Tsvibel, the head of a Jewish religious community of Petrozavodsk.
26.07.2005 The Letter of protest of Karelian antifascists achieved the Chancellor of Germany
On the 25th of July activists of the Karelian regional department of “The Youth Human’s Rights Group” (YHRG) and the Youth Antifascist Center at the Museum of Memoriam of victims of fascism in honor of Maximillian Kolbe (YAC) addressed the ambassador of Germany in Russia with the letter of protest against the international march of neo-fascists that was to take place on the 20-th of August in Wunsiedel.
25.07.2005 A boycott is declared to the soldier and the total shadowing the soldier is established
Aunt of the soldier applies to the Office of Public Prosecutor of Kaspysk city concerning the violation of her nephew’s right by commanders of the military unit 2372 almost every day. Disregarding the law the victim, Simonov E., hasn’t been relocated to another military unit. There is an escalation of the hate towards him trying to fight for his right. All the soldiers are forbidden to talk to him not to be beaten. A commander’s assistant of the costal base has announced: “all the meetings with the soldier are forbidden by the commander of the unit”.
20.07.2005 “ICHAX” against xenophobia, for tolerance!
On the 30th of August at the Museum of the Memory of the victims of fascism of a name of M. Kolbe was opened the informative center of Holocaust, anti-Semitism and xenophobia attached to branch of Jew’s Cultural Center in Petrozavodsk. You can find reliable information of the Holocaust history, anti-Semitism’s and xenophobia’s appearances all over the world, in Russia and Republic of Karelia in the Informative Center. The Center collaborates with local authorities, the Youth Anti-fascist Center, Karelian Department of the “Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG)” and with other defending human rights organizations. Then, The Center has the educational activities that aimed at forming the tolerant consciousness, particularly among the youth. At the presentation of the Center the First Secretary of the Israel Embassy in Russian Federation, the Head of the Israel representation in St. Petersburg – Marat Boguslavsky participated, and also the chairman of state committee of Republic of Karelia of national policy – Eugenie Shorohov took part. The head of the project is Dmitri Tsvibel, coordinator of Jew’s Cultural Center in Petrozavodsk.
20.06.2005 The answer to the paragraph “Skinheads unite in a party” published in “The Karelian Courier”
Our organization is anxious about the development and popularity of skinhead’s movement in Karelia. Apparently, exactly this fact has become a reason for a Karelian skinheads’ representative to make a statement about the necessity of party construction and participation in elections. And if before the racists considered a marginal group, but today unfortunately such kind of groups appear more often.
“The serous movement” of Karelian skinheads contains accomplishing acts of vandalism at the Jew’s cemetery of Petrozavodsk, gluing the papers with Hitler’s portrayal, threatening to the Jews and the Caucasians and drawing the swastika at the garages and doors’ of basements. It’s easy to understand what kind of political program the “skin heads” will represent to the electorate. It is just enough to know their utopian slogan “Russia is for the Russians”! And if we imagine that as a reality just for a minute, what it will mean for multinational government? As a perfect solution, it will mean a peaceful separating of North Caucasus, Tatarstan, a part of Karelia and in general all national republics. From the other hand, at the worst, it will be a war of everybody against everybody. And it is a real political extremism! The society is ill, and many people understand that. That’s why such ideas have their own supporters, who are ready to unite. Often such kind of people with “own ideals” are used as means of mercenary motives by some political groups or criminal associations.
Unfortunately, the system of education in Karelia doesn’t oppose the xenophobia’s prejudices and development of nationalism among the youth in a proper way. So, such skinheads’ statements should make the society think of own ability to oppose the extremism and fascism of neo-Nazis.
Maxim Efimov, the chairman of the Karelian Department of the “Youth Human Rights Group (YHRG)”, the head of the Youth Anti-fascist Center.
25.05.2005 Political extremism in modern Russia
This was the title of a lecture given by the professor of Saint-Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to Karelian policemen. The lecture was organized by the Ministry and the Karelian branch of “The Youth Human Rights Group” and supported by “The Youth Human Rights Group”.
21.04.2005 Free Petrozavodsk from fascist graffiti
March, 31, Karelian regional department of Interregional youth social & charity organization "Youth Human Rights Group" (YHRG) carried out an action of painting out fascist graffiti in the Jewish cemetery of Petrozavodsk. This is not the first time our organization arranges an action of such kind.
21.04.2005 Down with racial discrimination
March, 21, on the International Day of Struggle against Racism (UNO, 1967) an action was held in Petrozavodsk entitled “STOP RACISM!” The astonished public witnessed a burning down of the effigies of “Race Discrimination” and “Mass Stereotype”. A folklore form was filled with modern content and expressed symbolically a protest against the proliferation of racist and nationalist ideologies in Karelia Russia and the whole world.
20.04.2005 Discussion Club “Pro et Contra”
September 2004 may be considered the club’s official date of birth, when the first club meeting was held dedicated to the topic of modern higher education in Russia. Since then once a fortnight students from various departments of PetrSU and their teachers gather together to discuss topical problems. One of the club’s aims is to encourage intellectual communication between students and teachers which is in fact – at least theoretically – the aim of the young people going to the University. This is not it however. For many people the club is an opportunity to train the skills of formulating their ideas, express them before the public and bring to one’s consciousness what one feels.
19.04.2005 What Happened in Beslan!
The monstrous attack in Beslan, Russia was an assault on the very things that are necessary for people to be able to live together as a society.
18.04.2005 Long live Museum in memoriam of the victims of fascism!
After a long time hanging around the Karelian Museum in memoriam of the victims of fascism in honor of M. Colbet, created by young German death camps ex-prisoners has finally acquired a premises. Spacious room full of light still need some repairs but the creators of the Museum are happy by the very fact of getting something.
10.04.2005 Swastikas away from our streets!
The action lasted for two hours and each participant had the opportunity to drive a brush over swastikas, some on a garage, some on an apartment building, some on a cafe, owned by a non-Russian, some on the children verandah serving as a skinhead den. It is there school 14 is situated with teachers and kids walking along the sports ground, no one bothering about the amount of the nazi graffiti all around them: “SKINHEAD”, “WHITE POWER”, “RNE” (Russian National Unity – an outlawed fascist party), “Russia for the Russians”, some of them absolutely unquotable.
05.02.2005 German Schoolchildren Study Second World War History on Materials of a Karelian Museum
February, 5, Youth Anti-fascist center under the Museum in memoriam of the victims of fascism in honor of M. Kolbe hosted 10 & 11 grade German students of a private school. They comprised only a part of the students who came to Petrozavodsk from our brother city Tubingen on an exchange program. Their teacher Michael invited everybody to visit the anti-fascist museum & the center, but only few students proved to be interested in discussing such problems & visiting the exhibition on such topic.
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