Viktor Shenderovich

Satirist Shenderovich fled Russia after he was designated as a “foreign agent” in December 2021. He has lived in exile since, but faces continued repression. Reports emerged in 2022… More

Byu Har

Hip-hop artist Byu Har has used his work to criticize the junta, leading to warnings from authorities. He was arrested in May 2023 after live-streaming a video to social… More

Abdukodir Rustam

Rustam, a writer and editor, was arrested in August 2023 for editing Abdukholik Kholikzoda’s memoir Events of My Life. Copies of the book were confiscated by authorities, while Rustam… More

Ahmet Telli

Telli is a poet whose work often focuses on Kurdish rights. He has faced persecution for his writing since the 1980s. In 2020, he was tried on false charges… More

Bariş Pehlivan

Author and journalist Pehlivan was arrested in February 2020 for “disclosing information” on intelligence agencies in his reporting. He was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison… More

Güngör Arslan

Arslan, a columnist, was editor of the Ses Kocaeli newspaper. One of the newspapers he owned was shut down after the July 2016 coup. Arslan was murdered outside his… More

Merdan Yanardağ

Writer Yanardağ faced 2 separate trials in 2023. He was tried for “insulting the president” starting in March, on charges stemming from a 2022 article. Additionally, he was detained… More

Siarzhiej Krasnabarod

Krasnabarod, a writer and editor at the Gomel Plus Radio Station, also wrote political poetry. In May 2023, he was arrested along with colleagues for “distribution of extremist materials”… More

Jakub Zulczyk

Journalist and novelist Zulczyk was indicted in March 2021 for publicly insulting the Polish president on social media. He was refused a grant for a translation of his new… More

Aleksandr Byvshev

Poet Byvshev was detained in February 2023 for an anti-war poem. A case of “calling for terrorism” was opened against him, and he was sent to pre-trial detention. Rights… More