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Human Rights Watch/Russia: Merkel, Rutte should press Putin on rights

RUSSIA: MERKEL, RUTTE SHOULD PRESS PUTIN ON RIGHTS

 

Wave of ‘Inspections’ the Latest Phase in Kremlin’s Worst Crackdown in 20 Years
APRIL 4, 2013
  • A participant is detained by police on Moscow March 24, 2013 during a protest to show solidarity for those arrested at opposition rallies in May 2012.

    © 2013 Reuters
Trade fairs are about doing business, but Merkel should make clear to Putin that it cannot be business as usual for Germany’s relations with Russia until the attacks on civil society stop. This is the worst crackdown in Russia in 20 years. It is admirable to promote deeper understanding between Russia and the Netherlands, but this has very little meaning if vital parts of Russian society cannot express themselves freely.
Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director

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