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Agora International Human Rights Group is an association of more than 50 lawyers working on landmark human rights cases.

Our lawyers and other legal professionals are currently pursuing more than 300 lawsuits across Russia. We have permanent legal teams working in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Stavropol, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Lipetsk, Chita, and Helsinki, Sofia and London.

A response unit that handles incidents involving human rights violations operates across the entire European part of Russia. Such incidents may involve torture and murder by the police authorities, the death of individuals in prisons and penal colonies, and the criminal prosecution and attacks against civil rights activists, journalists and bloggers.

Seven legal professionals from the international human rights group are currently pursuing 160 lawsuits brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), including six complaints brought by Alexey Navalny, the Pussy Riot case, and the complaints filed by the journalist Oleg Kashin, the four defendants in the ‘swamp case’, the film director Oleg Sentsov and the anti-fascist Alexander Kolchenko, the victim Major Denis Evsyukov and 20 actions brought by NGOs in connection with the Foreign Government Agents Act. In 2015 alone, the group has lodged more than 50 complaints with the ECHR. The leading consultant supervising this area of work is the former Legal Director of the International Centre for Legal Protection of Human Rights Interights who relies on the team of the former long-standing advisor of Agora on ECHR lawsuits and now a judge at the European Court of Human Rights from Bulgaria.

Agora International Human Rights Group cooperates with the Zona Prava (Zone of Rights) human rights organisation founded by Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Peter Verzilov. The Zona Prava lawyers are currently pursuing approximately 40 lawsuits in respect of brutality against detainees in police custody and prisons. The organisation is working in partnership with a number of human rights groups across Russia.

Agora International Human Rights Group is active across post-Soviet States where the negative impact of Russian authorities on human rights is strongly felt. During the period 2014-2014 alone, half a dozen workshops and training events for lawyers, civil rights activists and journalists from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belorussia, Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia were conducted.

Pavel Chikov — Head of the Agora International Human Rights Group.

In 2014, Agora and Pavel Chikov received the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize. Regarding Russia, before Agora and Pavel Chikov, the memorial prize was awarded to the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee in 1995 and Lydia Yusupova in 2005. The first and last winner of the award in the USSR in 1991 was Elena Bonner.


Internet Freedom 2019: The ‘Fortress’ Plan 02.03.2020 Agora International Human Rights Group and the public organisation RosKomSvoboda presents report Internet Freedom 2019: The ‘Fortress’ Plan.

Pavel Chikov: The authorities are now at a loss about how to keep the law enforcers busy. Unfortunately, any answer to this question is bad news 14.06.2019 Pavel Chikov has a foreboding that a new reality will set in. The head of the Agora International Human Rights Group spells out the dilemma facing the Russian government: to downsize the huge enforcement apparatus, which is idled by the lack of tangible threats to the regime, or to build a new enemy image ("MediaZona").

Report of Agora International ‘Russian Whistleblowers 2018’ 22.01.2019 Agora International Human Rights Group presents report ‘Russian Whistleblowers 2018’.


More than 50 lawyers work for Agora International Human Rights Group
Ramil Akhmetgaliev
Lawyer, Kazan
Andrey Sabinin
Lawyer, Stavropol
Vitaliy Cherkasov
Vitaliy Cherkasov
Lawyer, St. Petersburg
Alexander Popkov
Alexander Popkov
Lawyer, Sochi
Svetlana Sidorkina
Svetlana Sidorkina
Lawyer, Moscow

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