Tanya Lokshina: "The past few years have seen a staggering decline in respect for fundamental freedoms within Russia"

posted 20 Nov 2016, 11:54 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Nov 2016, 11:59 ]
"The past few years have seen a staggering decline in respect for fundamental freedoms within Russia. The Kremlin’s crackdown on civil society, media, and the Internet has gone from bad to worse to downright appalling as the government has intensified harassment and persecution of its critics. New laws and repressive practices by the authorities have increasingly isolated the country, which is already subject to US and EU sanctions over occupied Crimea and Russia’s role in eastern Ukraine. Human Rights Watch has maintained a 'Battle Chronicle' of the ever-expanding list of groups caught up in the sweeping crackdown at home as the Kremlin has sought to stigmatize criticism or alternative views of government policy as disloyal, foreign-sponsored, or even traitorous. It does not make for happy reading."

- Tanya Lokshina, Russia Program Director, Human Rights Watch


Source:
Tanya Lokshina, 'Putin-Trump: A Budding Bromance? Kremlin Cheering Trump Win Suggests Even Darker Days for Rights in Russia,' Human Rights Watch, 13 November 2016
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