Published: 1 Dec 2007 | By Nadezhda Kutepova

Protecting human rights in Russia’s closed nuclear cities


Hundreds of thousands of people live in the ten closed nuclear cities (ZATOs) which exist within the Russian Federation. Current legislation governing ZATOs and allowing ZATO authorities to frame their own regulations is out of date and does not fall in line with either Russian or international law. ZATO regulations are increasingly restrictive, and often deny citizens their human rights, including the right to private and family life, and the right to freedom of movement. The regulations also pertain to those with family living in a ZATO, and as such affect issues including medical care, employment and inheritance issues.

In this article, Nadezhda Kutepova considers the situation of residents of these closed cities, arguing that the secrecy surrounding them creates fertile ground for undemocratic decisions and human rights violations which virtually escape scrutiny. To read the full article, click on the link below.