studied political science, sociology and economics in Marburg, Germany. He then worked as freelance journalist in Cologne, and from 1993 as a correspondent in Russia. From 1999 to 2015 he headed the country office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Moscow. Siegert has written numerous publications on Russian domestic and foreign policy and regularly blogs @ http://russland.boellblog.org.
The trial against Valentina Cerevatenko and the Women of the Don Union
When Russian NGOs resisted the law obliging them to declare themselves as foreign agents, the Ministry of Justice began to blacklist them itself. One such group is the Women of the Don Union, whose operations have been paralysed by a criminal investigation into its director Valentina Cerevatenko. [more]