Russia Revokes American Human Rights Activist’s Residence Visa

Russia has revoked American human rights activist Vanessa Kogan’s residence visa, giving her two weeks to leave the country.

Russia has revoked American human rights activist Vanessa Kogan’s residence visa, giving her two weeks to leave the country. 

Authorities revoked Kogan’s residence permit because accordingly she “poses a national security threat.”

“They saw their chance to get rid of me, essentially. I think that it’s purely connected to the work that I do and my organisation does,” Kogan said. 

Kogan is the executive director of the Stichting Justice Initiative, a human rights organization providing legal assistance to “victims of human rights violations connected to armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations, torture and gender-based violence in the post-Soviet region.”

Kogan said she faces the risk of being separated from her family.

According to the Human Rights Watch, Kogan’s organization has won nearly 270 cases which it has submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, where Russia had to pay over £25 million as compensation to the victims. 

 


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