Editor's blog: Electoral facade looking ragged and raw

posted 12 Jul 2017, 10:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Jul 2017, 13:41 ]

12 July 2017

...a look back at the week of 1 - 7 July 2017 by Simon Cosgrove

It might be desirable – even comforting, to some extent - to think that human rights abuses are, by and large, the result of individual human frailty and have nothing to do with politics. That they result from the actions of individual civil servants and law enforcement officers, from ‘human nature,’ rather than from the systematic and purposeful types of actions that constitute the kind of organization we usually denote as a ‘political system.’ But when we come to consider elections in Russia we face evidence that, in this area at least, violations of rights may be both systematic and purposeful.  [Read more]