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2012 US Human Rights Report on Russia
April 23, 2013 23:37

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The US has pointed out three major issues which emerged in 2012:
1. Restrictions of Civil Liberties:
The report says that the government introduced a series of measures limiting political pluralism, including harsh fines for unsanctioned meetings, labeling NGOs as “foreign agents” if they engage in “political activity” while receiving foreign funding, suspending NGOs that have U.S. citizen members or receive U.S. support and are engaged in “political activity” or “pose a threat to Russian interests”, recriminalizing libel, allowing authorities to block Web sites without a court order, and significantly expanding the definition of treason.
2. Violations of Electoral Processes:
According to the report, both domestic and international observers said the presidential campaign was run to give advantage to the ruling party’s candidate. It says the process was marred with vote fraud, administrative measures disadvantaging the opposition, and pressure on election monitoring groups. 
3. Administration of Justice: 
The US Department of State believes due process was denied during the detentions and trials of protesters arrested following the May 6 demonstration in Moscow.
It also puts specific focus on the Northern Caucasus, pointing out issues with civilian control.
The views expressed in the report are entirely those of the U.S. government and do not necessarily coincide with those of Russia-IC. 
Here's the link to the full report.

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Russian law     

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