Tanya Lokshina: "Russia’s stance on separatism is strikingly double-sided. [...] As regards Russia’s approach to 'freedom of expression,' it is very straightforward and very unfortunate"

posted 21 Sep 2015, 00:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Sep 2015, 00:24 ]
'Russia’s stance on separatism is strikingly double-sided. The Kremlin does not seem to find any contradiction between providing assistance to “separatists” in neighboring countries, be that Ukraine with its war-torn Donbass, or Georgia with its breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, while at the same time prosecuting its own nationals for alleged “separatist” calls. As regards Russia’s approach to “freedom of expression,” it is very straightforward and very unfortunate – the government is increasingly cracking down on free speech, paying no heed to its international obligations.' 

- Tanya Lokshina, 'Dispatches: Russia, Crimea, and the Shrinking Space for Free Speech,' Human Rights Watch, 18 September 2015

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