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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Putin 'worst on human rights since Soviets'

Harriet Alexander

Published 25/04/2013 | 04:00

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Vladimir Putin is presiding over the worst era for Russian human rights since the Soviet Union, according to Amnesty and Human Rights Watch.

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Mr Putin stands accused of bringing in laws to stifle criticism of his regime and adapting existing laws to silence dissent.

"The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society unprecedented in the country's post-Soviet history," the HRW report states.

In a move described as "deliberately reminiscent of the Cold War", Mr Putin brought in a law that requires any organisation receiving funding from abroad to describe itself as a "foreign agent".

Since the start of the year, authorities have carried out over 200 inspections of organisations campaigning to protect human rights, including Amnesty. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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