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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2013, 02:26 PM

5. So

"it isn't russia that goes around the planet murdering innocent people using drones"

...based on your distortion, Russia is morally superior to the U.S., right?

Russia: Worst Human Rights Climate in Post-Soviet Era

Unprecedented Crackdown on Civil Society

(Moscow) – The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency that is unprecedented in the country’s post-Soviet history.

The 78-page report, “Laws of Attrition: Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society after Putin’s Return to the Presidency,”describes some of the changes since Putin returned to the presidency in May 2012. The authorities have introduced a series of restrictive laws, begun a nationwide campaign of invasive inspections of nongovernmental organizations, harassed, intimidated, and in a number of cases imprisonedpolitical activists, and sought to cast government critics as clandestine enemies. The report analyzes the new laws, including the so-called “foreign agents” law, the treason law, and the assembly law, and documents how they have been used.

“The new laws and government harassment are pushing civil society activists to the margins of the law,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government crackdown is hurting Russian society and harming Russia’s international standing.”

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/04/24/russia-worst-human-rights-climate-post-soviet-era

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