11 October 2012
Given the continued, grievous and widespread violations across the full spectre of human rights in Russia, and the passing of a series of repressive laws by a State Duma fully under the control of President Putin, I would like to point out a few facts.
The first is a rather obvious one. Russia is a state that has signed up to numerous international agreements to fulfil obligations under international law and moral and political obligations in terms of human rights and democracy. They were worked out and adopted with Russia’s participation or were inherited from the USSR, of which Russia has declared itself to be the legal continuation. [Read more]